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Kolkata Police bans public display of weapons in 2018

The prohibition does not extend to persons exempted from certain provisions of the Arms Act and Rules, or to a holder of a permit granted by the Commissioner of Police, Kolkata, in a prescribed form or to weapons covered by licences under the Arms Act, 1959. ”
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Man shot dead, friend injured after fight between friends

A 30-year-old man was shot dead while his friend was injured after a fight broke out between them and their friends owing to financial disputes in Outer Delhi’s Khanjawala area late on Thursday night. The accused men have been identified and police teams have been formed to nab them.According to the police, the incident took place around 10:30 pm at the residence of a person identified as Kuldeep, who is the friend of the deceased and injured, in Ladpur area. The police were informed about two persons having gunshot wounds being admitted at the Savitri Hospital.When the police reached the hospital, they were informed that one of them was declared dead on arrival, whereas the other was injured.”The deceased was identified as Nitin (30) while the injured as Himanshu (33). The deceased and the accused were known to each other,” said MN Tiwari, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Outer.Kuldeep and Sandeep, both friends of Nitin and Himanshu were sitting at home when another friend Sandeep alias Sonu and Virender also came to his house to enquire about Nitin and Himanshu.”Kuldeep and Sandeep sensing the conflict between friends tried to pacify Sonu and Virender and asked them to go back home and not create an uncomfortable situation since all of them were friends. After this Sonu and Virender left the house,” added Tiwari.Later on, Nitin and Himanshu came to Kuldeep’s house. There is a possibility that Virender knew that Himanshu and Nitin had come to Kuldeep’s house and hence they also reached his residence again after which an altercation took place and they fired at Nitin and Himanshu. The accused persons, Sonu and Virender are absconding.A case under sections of murder, attempt to murder and arms act has been registered at Khanjawala Police Station. Further investigations are underway.

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Max Hospital in soup again, kin say stents put in patient without permission

The family of a 58-year-old heart patient, who died in the Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, on December 25, has accused the hospital of negligence, a charge that the upscale facility has denied. The family said they will approach Union health minister JP Nadda on Thursday.Earlier on December 8, the Delhi government had cancelled the hospital branch’s license in another case of negligence. The services, however, resumed 10 days later, after the Finance Commissioner stayed the state government’s order.”We will try to reach out to health minister J P Nadda and the chief medical officer of Delhi on Thursday. We want justice. My father was on his feet when he visited the hospital on December 25. He was sweating, so they took him to the emergency ward and an ECG test was conducted. The test revealed that he had blockage in his arteries,” said Sarika, 35, daughter of the deceased Kamlesh Chander.According to the family, the doctors inserted a stent in Chander’s body without informing them. They also said that a senior doctor was supposed to operate upon him but instead a junior doctor performed the surgery.”Even as we were discussing the matter, they came and informed us that stents have been put in his body. They did that without even asking us. Also, the doctor under whose supervision my father was admitted was on leave. A few hours later, my father died. This is fraud and negligence. We demand justice. We are waiting for the autopsy and after that we will organise the funeral,” she said.The family further stated that the hospital gave them a bill of Rs 3 lakh. A police officer said inquest proceedings under section 174 of the CrPC has been initiated,The hospital, however, denied the allegations. “The patient was brought to the emergency (ward) in the afternoon of December 25, complaining of chest pain and breathlessness. There was blockage in three major arteries. The patient was 58 years old and had a history of diabetes, hypertension, and smoking,” the hospital said in its statement. It added: “The family was counselled by Dr Devendra Agarwal, who is a senior consultant and a well-qualified interventional cardiologist. The family was informed that Dr Navin Bhamri was on a leave. The family was fully informed about the diagnosis, the patient’s condition, and the treatment plan at various stages. The documents were signed by the family. Only one stent was used in the angioplasty procedure.”IN THE PAST7-year-old Adya Singh dies of dengue, hospital bills family Rs 16 lakh. On November 20, reacting to a tweet by the child’s uncle, Union Health Minister JP Nadda asked for details and said necessary action will be taken against the hospital.

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More trouble for Max Hospital: Man dies on Christmas Day; family alleges hospital negligence

The family of a 58-year-old man, who was taken to Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh on Christmas Day for treatment of a heart condition, today alleged that he died due to the hospital’s negligence, a charge the upscale facility has denied.The allegation came weeks after the Court of the Financial Commissioner stayed an order of the Delhi government cancelling the hospital’s licence for wrongly declaring a newborn dead.Sarika, 35, daughter of the deceased, Kamlesh Chander, said: “We are devastated by the incident. Tomorrow, we will try to reach out to Health Minister J P Nadda and the chief medical officer of Delhi. We want justice.”Also readMax hospital case: Probe to be delayed in twin baby case as police still waiting for DMC’s reply”My father was on his feet when he visited the hospital on December 25. He was sweating, so they took him to the emergency ward and an ECG test was conducted. The test revealed that he had blockage in his arteries,” she said.Sarika said an angiography was performed on his father and the doctors told the family that Chander would need a bypass surgery.Also readFamily approaches court day after Max Hospital reopens”While we discussed the matter, they came and informed us that stents have been put in his body. They did that without even asking us. More so, my father was admitted under the supervision of a doctor who was on leave. This is fraud and negligence,” she alleged.”A few hours later, my father died… We demand justice. We are waiting for the autopsy and after that we will organise the funeral, she said.The family said the hospital billed them Rs three lakh.”We have submitted all relevant details and registered a complaint with the police,” she said.A police official said inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC was initiated based on the complaint.”A medical board will be constituted to carry out the autopsy. On the basis of the autopsy, further action will be taken,” the official said.Max Healthcare in a statement said: “The patient was brought to the emergency (ward) in the afternoon of December 25, with complaints of chest pain and breathlessness. Initial ECG confirmed acute STEMI.”ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) is a type of heart attack during which one of the heart’s major arteries is blocked.”Further investigation revealed Triple Vessel Disease blockage in three major arteries. The patient was 58 years old and had a history of diabetes, hypertension and smoking. Despite due efforts by the medical team, the patient could not be saved,” it claimed.Sarika, however, countered the hospital’s claim, saying, “My father was a vegetarian, non-smoker and non-alcoholic.”Max Healthcare authorities said, “We are really disturbed by the false allegation that the body was held pending payment. It is a part of our ethics charter to peacefully hand over the body under all circumstances.”Sarika has claimed that her father’s body was first taken by the police to Babu Jagjivan Ram Memorial Hospital, and from there to Safdarjung Hospital for post-mortem.

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There was ‘something’ in shoes of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife, ‘clarifies’ Pakistan

Clarifying its stance, Pakistan has claimed that the Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife’s shoes were confiscated on security grounds as there was ‘something’ in it.’There was something in the shoe (of Jadhav’s wife),’ the Dawn has quoted Pakistan’s Foreign Office Spokesman Dr Muhammad Faisal as saying.The shoe is being investigated, he added. Pakistan’s Foreign Office, in a statement, said, ‘We do not wish to indulge in a meaningless battle of words. Our openness and transparency belies these allegations and categorically rejected India’s baseless allegations and twists.’The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Tuesday stated that, ‘For some inexplicable reason, despite her repeated requests, the shoes of the wife of Jadhav were not returned to her after the meeting. We would caution against any mischievous intent in this regard.’Pakistan had disregarded the cultural and religious sensibilities of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s family, who met him on Monday in Islamabad, the MEA added.Also readIf Kulbhushan Jadhav has been declared a terrorist by Pak, then he will be treated like one: SP’s Naresh Agrawal’Under the pretext of security precautions, the cultural and religious sensibilities of family members were disregarded. This included the removal of mangalsutra, bangles and bindi, as well as a change in attire that was not warranted by security,’ MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.Kumar added the Pakistani press, despite prior agreement that the media would not be allowed close access, was allowed on multiple occasions to approach the family members closely, harass and hector them and hurl false and motivated accusations about Jadhav.Also readIndia hits back at Pak, says Kulbhushan Jadhav’s statement clearly tutored and designed to perpetuate false narrative “We note with regret that the Pakistani side conducted the meeting in a manner which violated the letter and spirit of our understandings,” he said.Kumar further said that the Indian Deputy High Commissioner in Pakistan, who was supposed to be with the family all the time, was initially separated from family members.Also readDay after meeting Kulbhushan Jadhav in Pakistan, wife, mother meet Sushma Swaraj The MEA spokesperson concluded by saying that the manner in which the meeting was conducted and its aftermath seemed clearly to be an attempt to bolster a false and unsubstantiated narrative of Jadhav’s alleged activities, adding the exercise lacked credibility.

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Jaish-e-Mohammad’s ‘commander’ Noor Tantray killed in Pulawama wanted to join BJP in 2003 to eliminate top brass

Noor Mohammad Tantray, the ‘midget’ terrorist killed in Pulwama encounter on Tuesday, wanted to join the BJP to eliminate its top leaders way back in 2003.Also known as Peer Baba, the four-feet-tall Kashmir chief of Jaish-e-Mohammad even went to the BJP headquarters at 11 Ashoka Raod in New Delhi. He managed to get a form to get himself registered as an active member, snoop on the leaders and attack them, a plan that never materialised. Before he could have succeed in his conspiracy, the Anti-Terror Unit of Delhi Police’s Special Cell, then headed by Deputy Commissioner of Police Ashok Chand nabbed him and his associates from Delhi with huge cache of arms and ammunition.Tantray also went by the name Gulzar Ahmed Bhat or Uwais was a resident of Darganjgund in Pulwama’s Tral area and was arrested in Delhi in August, 2003.“Tantray was a member of JeM, a terrorist organisation banned under Prevention of Terrorism Act, 2002 and was arrested for entering into a criminal conspiracy with four others (Rashid, Mohd Sahid, Habeeb and Khurshid Ahmed Butt, all said four others having since been killed in different encounters with security forces), to commit terrorist acts and wage war against India,” Chand told DNA.He was convicted in 2011 for life. He was languishing in Tihar Jail and was out on a parole since 2015 and thereafter started reviving the JeM in south and central Kashmir.In 2003, on August 29, the Special Cell received an intelligence inputs about Jaish terrorists being engaged in supply of arms, ammunition and explosive material transported in wooden boxes of fruits and vegetables by trucks from Kashmir to Delhi. The vehicles were also used to take back Hawala money from Delhi to Kashmir for being used for terrorist activities.On a specific information about a truck bearing registration number “153” of Jammu and Kashmir having reached Delhi with certain quantity of arms, ammunitions and explosives, efforts were made through a team headed by then Sub Inspector Govind Sharma, who is now Assistant Commissioner of Police, to locate the vehicle.It was learnt that truck bearing number JK-03-0153 had actually entered the fruit market in Delhi’s Azadpur at 10:55 pm on August 28, 2003. Since the truck could not be located in the market, extensive search was launched in surrounding areas. On August 30, 2003, at about 2.00 pm, then Sub Inspector Umesh Barthwal is said to have located the said truck parked in Qutub Road parking lot. A police officers comprising, amongst others, of then Inspector Hriday Bhushan was deployed to keep a watch over the truck in secrecy.At about 7.45 pm a short statured person later identified as accused Noor Mohd Tantray was seen approaching the truck and having a talk with the driver who was later identified as accused Parvez Ahmed Mir and cleaner later identified as accused Farooz Ahmed respectively of the truck.Tantray along with other two boarded the truck, thereafter three wooden boxes kept in the tool box were taken out. All three were nabbed and the three wooden boxes unloaded from the truck were opened and checked and beneath the fruit, 10 hand grenades, 10 grenades shells and one under barrel grenade launcher were recovered.Tantray during interrogation revealed that the consignment of explosives was to be delivered by his associates Zahoor in Pakistan and Aslam of Sikandrabad in UP, who were to meet him in front of Indraprastha Park on outer ring road in Nizamuddin. A team of police personnel at 9.15 pm in private cars and reached the park near and about 10.45 pm, a Maruti car bearing registration no. DL3C N8749 came from the side of Nizamuddin flyover and stopped.From the said car, two persons allegedly alighted and stood nearby and challenged by the police and when asked to surrender but instead of compliance the said they started firing at the police. The police returned the fire in the course of which both the said persons came to be injured and later scummed to injuries.In Delhi, Tantray had made his in house no A-44 at Mohindra Park in Azadpur as the base to carry out terror attacks. During search of his place, police recovered computer with its accessories, stereo cassette players, sets of Nokia, 10 channel cordless telephones, cash, Hawala money in the sum of Rs 19.20 lakh and certain incrementing documents. Sources said that these documents contained a form for BJP membership.The police team lead by ACP Rajbir Singh, who has since died, had then nabbed the accused under supervision of then DCP Ashok Chand. Chand retired from Delhi Police as Joint Commissioner in 2015.

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4 persons planning to rob elderly couple arrested

Four persons, who were planning to rob a senior citizen couple in Kalkaji, have been arrested by the police when they were meeting to execute their plan. One of the accused, Ram Kumar had once whitewashed the residence of the old couple and was well aware of the house. Kumar had gone to Dubai but was in debt, hence wanted to carry out the robbery.”The accused have been identified as Ram Kumar alias Sohan Kumar (31), Rohit (19), Deepak Kumar (24) and Rahul (19). They were arrested from a public park and two loaded country-made pistols with live cartridges, a button-activated knife, and a stolen two-wheeler was recovered from them,” said Chinmoy Biswal, Deputy Commissioner of Police, South-East.According to the police, an information was received on Monday that the robbers who were planning to rob a senior citizen couple in Kalkaji will meet in the park. The police reached the location and surrounded the accused and later arrested them. The Activa Scooty that was recovered was stolen from Shakarpur area.The accused persons told the police that they were currently unemployed and that is why decided to rob a house.”Ram Kumar had earlier painted the house of the senior citizen couple in 2016. In December same year, he went to Dubai for work and took a loan of around a lakh which he could not repay. He came back in July 2017,” added Biswal.Rohit, who is a local goon in the Navjeevan camp area, where Kumar also resided knew he was in debt, hence planned to rob an aged couple. Kumar told him about the house he had painted earlier and was aware of the places that they kept valuables. He was also aware that they used to keep a heavy amount of cash at their home. Later, Rohit roped in two other associates and decided to execute the plan. Deepak was earlier involved in a case of robbery in the Jaitpur area in 2015.

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Kulbhushan Jadhav’s family was harassed; wife had to remove mangal sutra, bindi: India exposes Pakistan’s PR show

A day after Kulbhushan Jadhav met his family from behind a glass partition, India in a terse reply, exposed Pakistan’s PR show.In a detailed response, Raveesh Kumar, spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs said, “Prior to the meeting, the two governments were in touch through diplomatic channels to work out its modalities and format. There were clear understandings between the two sides and the Indian side scrupulously abided by all its commitments.”“However, we note with regret that the Pakistani side conducted the meeting in a manner which violated the letter and spirit of our understandings,” he said. Also readDay after meeting Kulbhushan Jadhav in Pakistan, wife, mother meet Sushma Swaraj Exposing Islamabad’s farce, New Delhi revealed that, “the Pakistani press was allowed on multiple occasions to approach family members closely, harass and hector them and hurl false and motivated accusations about Jadhav. This was despite a clear agreement that the media would not be allowed close access.”In blatant disregard to cultural sensibilities, Pakistani officials asked Jadhav’s wife to remove her mangal sutra and bindi. “Under the pretext of security precautions, the cultural and religious sensibilities of family members were disregarded. This included removal of mangal sutra, bangles and bindi, as well as a change in attire that was not warranted by security,” the MEA statement said.Also readKulbhushan Jadhav meets wife, mother from behind glass screen; not the last meeting, says Pakistan “The mother of Jadhav was prevented from talking in their mother tongue, although this was clearly the natural medium of communication. She was repeatedly interrupted while doing so and eventually prevented from proceeding further in this regard,” Kumar added.“Deputy High Commissioner was initially separated from family members who were taken to the meeting without informing him. The meeting was started without his presence and he could join only after pressing the matter with concerned officials. Even then, he was kept behind an additional partition that did not allow him access to the meeting as agreed,” the statement said.Also readKulbhushan Jadhav meets wife, mother for 40 minutes; thanks Pak govt for ‘grand gesture’“For some inexplicable reason, despite her repeated requests, the shoes of the wife of Shri Jadhav were not returned to her after the meeting. We would caution against any mischievous intent in this regard,” Kumar said.“From the feedback we have received of the meeting, it appears that Jadhav was under considerable stress and speaking in an atmosphere of coercion. Most of his remarks were clearly tutored and designed to perpetuate the false narrative of his alleged activities in Pakistan. His appearance also raises questions of his health and well being,” MEA said.“We also regret that contrary to assurances, the overall atmosphere of the meeting was intimidating insofar as family members were concerned. Family members, however, handled the situation with great courage and fortitude. The manner in which the meeting was conducted and its aftermath was clearly an attempt to bolster a false and unsubstantiated narrative of Jadhav’s alleged activities,” the statement added.

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Day after meeting Kulbhushan Jadhav in Pakistan, wife, mother meet Sushma Swaraj

A day after meeting ‘convicted’ ex-Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav in Islamabad, his family met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi on Tuesday.Jadhav’s father along with his mother and wife met Swaraj at her New Delhi residence. Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh, who went to Islamabad with the family, also accompanying them. Foreign Secretary Jaishankar also attended the brief meeting.Jadhav’s meeting with his family members was not any ordinary meeting as they were separated by a glass barrier.Also readKulbhushan Jadhav meets his mother, wife from behind Pak smokescreenThe Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), to this end, clarified that the screen was placed due to security reasons and that Jadhav already knew this would be the setting.”It was there due to security reasons. We had already told them that you will be able to meet him but a security barrier would be there,” Dr Mohammed Faisal, Pakistan Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, replied to a poser by ANI, in a press briefing in Islamabad.Also readFeel ashamed for acts against Pakistan and its people: Kulbhushan Jadhav in new ‘confessional’ videoFaisal substantiated his stance by adding that Islamabad considered Jadhav as “the face of Indian terrorism, especially in Pakistan.”In addition to this, the MoFA released another ‘confessional’ video of Jadhav’s, in which the convicted alleged spy was seen confessing that he did cross from Iran to Pakistan two years back.Also readKulbhushan Jadhav meets wife, mother for 40 minutes; thanks Pak govt for ‘grand gesture’Jadhav, in the video that was apparently shot before he got to meet his kin, also said that he had requested to meet his family members and that he was grateful to the Pakistan Government for letting that happen.Jadhav’s wife and mother, before meeting him, had visited the Indian High Commission in the Pakistani capital, after which they moved to the MoFA building.Indian Deputy High Commissioner in Islamabad JP Singh was also present during the meeting.Pakistan had agreed to facilitate the visit of Jadhav’s family and also assured their safety, security, and freedom of movement in the country.Jadhav was arrested in March this year, in Balochistan, Pakistan, over charges of alleged involvement in ‘espionage and subversive activities for India’s intelligence agency – the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).’India, however, maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy.(With ANI inputs)

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Tension rose by the minute both inside, outside Pak Foreign Office

A heavy security blanket was thrown around Constitutional Avenue that houses the Pakistan government’s main buildings, including its Foreign Office, as former India Naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother Avanti and wife Chetana Jadhav arrived in Islamabad. Tension rose by the minute both inside and outside FO, even as Pakistani officials went on an overdrive to make the meeting a media spectacle.Police and paramilitary forces were deployed to deal with any untoward situation. Pakistani officials looked inspired by the script of Karun Anshuman’s recently released fiction Kashmir Nama that is about an Indian spy’s escape in the heart of Islamabad after the Taliban accidentally targeted a convoy transporting him for interrogation.A convoy of seven vehicles escorting Jadhav’s family accompanied by Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh and a Pakistani female official arrived at the Pakistan Foreign Office building around 2 pm. The family had landed in Islamabad via Dubai around noon and as it drove from the airport, traffic was blocked on the road.It was straightaway taken to the Indian High Commission, where it spent half an hour.At around 2 pm, it entered the ministry building’s main Agha Shahi Block. After the meeting, they once again headed to the Indian High Commission, before moving to the airport for the return journey.As the family entered the building, Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal took to Twitter, posting pictures and details of the meeting.While there was shock in India to see the meeting taking place across a glass screen and the women talking to Jadhav via an intercom, Faisal said settings of the meeting had been decided with Indian diplomats.He said the outline had been conveyed to Indian officials that a screen would be placed between the prisoner and his relatives. He claimed that the Indian government had acknowledged the communication a few days ago. Pakistani media also reported that the two women, who travelled from Mumbai, had also brought a gift for the prisoner and handed it over to Pakistani officials.Pakistani diplomats said, it will be handed over to Jadhav after following proper procedures. The wife and the mother greeted mediapersons with a namaste after arriving at the ministry but did not respond to their questions.Once the meeting was over, there was visible tension in the air. Pakistani officials didn’t allow the vehicle to come to the porch to allow the women to board. This angered Indian Deputy High Commissioner, who was seen having a word with a security official. But as it appeared, it was in the scheme of Pakistani officials, who wanted camerapersons sitting at a distance to take full view of the mother and wife duo walking out of the building. The vehicle, if parked, would have blocked the view. Jadhav was already at the ministry before his family arrived. But it was not known where he had been kept before being transported to the Foreign Office.

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Freeway expansion plans back on track

After putting the expansion plans of the Eastern Freeway in south Mumbai on hold, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has said that the extension of the freeway from Orange Gate in Mazgaon up to General Post Office (GPO) near Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) is back on track and assured that the plan has not been discarded.The MMRDA has said that there were some issues related to procuring plots of land for the extension of the freeway further south considering the Railways have plans of building an elevated rail corridor between CSMT and Panvel.The MMRDA has decided that once the land is acquired for the CST-Panvel corridor and all modes of public transport are exhausted, they will turn to land acquisition for the freeway’s expansion as planned.UPS Madan, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA said, “We have not discarded the plans for expansion of the freeway up to CSMT. We will ultimately go for the expansion on both ends. As of now, on the northern end there are some issues related to slums and environmental issues but the expansion will be done on both the northern and eastern ends.”The Eastern Freeway is a major connector of the eastern suburbs and south Mumbai. Currently, the Eastern Freeway runs from Orange Gate on P D’Mello Road in the south up to the Ghatkopar-Mankhurd Link Road in the north.The Eastern Freeway was originally planned from the Prince of Wales Museum in Fort but the plan was dropped to due to the lack of space and was then built starting from the Orange Gate.FREEWAY FACTSThe Eastern Freeway runs from Orange Gate on P D’Mello Road in the south up to the Ghatkopar-Mankhurd Link Road in the north. MMRDA said there were some issues related to procuring land that led to delays.

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Jadhav family reunion: Pakistan disguises propaganda as ‘humanitarian gesture’

After spending nearly 22 months in Pakistan’s captivity, Kulbhushan Jadhav was finally allowed to ‘meet’ his wife and mother in Islamabad today. The meeting, Pakistan said, was a “humanitarian gesture” to mark the birth anniversary of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the Father of the Islamic nation. When the day’s affair ended following a press briefing of Foreign Affairs Ministry, it seemed like Pakistan had just played a propaganda film lasting a couple of hours.Everything, from the arrival of Jadhav’s wife Chetankul and mother Avanti to the so-called ‘confessional’ video of former India Navy officer, seemed meticulously planned. Also readKulbhushan Jadhav meets wife, mother from behind glass screen; not the last meeting, says Pakistan Sample this – After a 40 minutes meeting, Jadhav’s wife and mother, accompanied by India Deputy High Commissioner J P Singh, came out from the front door. The car, provided by the Pakistani authorities, did not come around and they were made to wait for several minutes out in the open. Singh was seen lifting his hands, walking around, a gesture seen as frustration. Meanwhile, some of the Pakistani journalists, raised questions to Avanti Jadhav, the alleged Indian spy’s mother which were more like accusations. “Mrs. Jadhav, how does it feel to be the mother of a terrorist?” was one of the questions thrown at the lady who had just met her son from across a glass wall. Also readFeel ashamed for acts against Pakistan and its people: Kulbhushan Jadhav in new ‘confessional’ videoThis was a typical Pakistani script. To try to launch an attack with the help of non-state actors so they they have their deniability. Except this time, the attack was not intended to harm anyone physically but to humiliate an Indian citizen in full public view. But this was low, even from a Pakistani standard, to subject a mother to such questioning from hecklers masquerading as journalists. Later, Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a “confessional” video of Jadhav before its spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal read out a statement which was nothing but repetition of its charges against the alleged Indian spy. This video was played in a loop while journalists waited for the press conference to begin. In the “confession” video, Jadhav admitted that he crossed into Pakistan from Iran. He sought “pardon of the acts and sins and crimes committed here against the Nation and the people of Pakistan.”Also readConsular access not given, Kulbhushan’s meeting with wife and mother allowed on ‘humanitarian ground’: PakThis was not the first time that Pakistan released a confession video of Jadhav, but questions arise on why they needed to release the video while his mother was literally a few kilometres away. During the press conference, Dr Faisal did not forget to throw in the figure that 500 medical visas were issued to Pakistanis by India before Jadhav row and now External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj “picks and chooses.” Faisal also did not forget to tell journalists that the scheduled 30-minute meeting was extended to 40 minutes on the request of Jadhav and his family.In the entire press conference, Faisal made it a point to identify Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer, with his military title, calling “Commander Jadhav”. He mentioned again and again that the request for the meeting was granted on “humanitarian grounds.”If it was indeed a humanitarian gesture, as the spokesperson so graciously repeated several times, why Jadhav was not allowed to hug or even touch his mother and wife. The logic given by the Foreign Office for a glass wall was that it was done for “security reasons.” The wall, he said was a security barrier. To top all of it, the meeting took place inside a container where a studio was built for the purpose, Republic TV reported. G Parthasarathy, Former Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan, claimed that the ladies were asked to change their clothes before meeting Jadhav. This was also visible from the pictures of the meeting shared by Faisal. On the face of it, the whole exercise was designed to embarrass India, to show Pakistan as a ‘humanitarian’ nation and to project Jadhav as a terrorist sent by Research & Analysis Wing (RAW), the Indian intelligence agency. It was not surprising that Pakistan did what it did, but what should come as a surprise to many that New Delhi fell for the trap set by Islamabad. After getting stabbed in the back by Pakistan innumerable times, India should have known better that it was not like any other family reunion but propaganda disguised as humanitarian gesture. Watch: Pakistan’s PR stunt with Indian prisoner

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Speak up Mumbai: Lax inspections allow flouting of safety norms

The fire in Bhanu farsan shop in Saki Naka has once again brought to light the fact that several commercial activities in Mumbai are carried out without the requisite licenses issued by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), and are run out of places that do not comply to fire safety normsMany residential structures across the city too have been found not complying to safety norms. La Mer building in Bandra, is a recent example, in which Sachin Tendulkar’s apartment caught fire. The building’s fire extinguishing system was found to be defunct and the Mumbai fire brigade issued a notice to the building under the Maharashtra Fire Prevention and Life Safety Measures Act 2005.While the BMC insists that it’s the citizens first that need to comply with fire safety norms, the question that also arises is why the civic body and fire brigade department is not more stringent with its inspections. Officials contend that it is impossible to inspect every building thus they are building a software that allows them to issue notices online. In the meantime, BMC has said that it will be sealing shops which are found to be violating fire safety norms.Residents tell DNA whether they think the authorities are taking fire safety lightly.EXPERTS SPEAKIt is the BMC’s responsibility to ensure that all residential and commercial units comply with fire safety norms but it is also the duty of citizens to comply. We have given buildings and shops one month’s time. The SOP for safety norms is available on the MCGM’s website. We appeal to citizens to read and comply with them. Inspections are necessary but awareness is required too.—Nidhi Chaudhari, Deputy Municipal Commissioner (Special)People are not aware of the importance of fire safety norms and put their own lives in danger. However, the BMC and fire brigade too do not inspect all structures nor do they take action against those flouting safety norms. Thus, it is supplementary. Illegal businesses take advantage of BMC’s leniency. The authorities should take action against structures whose complaints are lodged.—Anil Galgali, Social activistVOICESThere have been several incidents of fire in the city recently. In a way we are all responsible for taking fire safety precautions lightly. Every co-operative housing society in the city is supposed to carry out a fire safety audit every six months but we rarely see it being done. At times, the solution to the problem lies with us.—Rohan Salian, ParelIn many instances, the fire department does not have the necessary infrastructure to douse fire effectively. As active residents, we have often observed that the authorities’ reaction to fire incidents is only knee-jerk and there are no provisions in place to eliminate the causes of fire by the corporation and the government.—Sandeep Sawant, GoregaonConsidering the rise in fire incidents, it is true that we are taking fire safety lightly. Most of the fires broke in areas where the BMC has not given fire safety permissions due to illegal constructions. However, even BMC officials are responsible for such incidents as they often give permissions for such illegal constructions. The civic body should also keep a strict watch on residential societies and whether their fire safety equipment is in place.—Uday Nare, AndheriEvery residential society should conduct a fire audit to ensure that the building is safe from fire. As citizens, we do fail to keep fire safety equipment handy and maintain them giving room for such incidents to take place. If safety measures are taken care of, fewer such incidents will take place. We certainly take fire safety lightly. The fire department should enforce some strict measures and make sure citizens follow them to keep themselves safe.—Omkar Sawant, MaladEvery year hundreds of fires are reported across the city. We do not even bother to discuss it as it’s become a normal occurrence. We only discuss when the fire’s intensity is high or the number of casualties is more. From residents to authorities, we do not follow the guidelines to prevent fires at either residential or commercial places. Many of us are not even aware about the standard procedure to be adopted in case of a fire.—Amarjeet Singh, BhandupEveryone, authorities and citizens alike, is taking fire safety lightly. In a number of places the wiring is not done properly or wires are seen hanging or exposed. In case of a fire, one needs to ensure that they can run to safety. However, there are many people who do not listen. This creates impediments in the way of a fire officer while fighting the fire as well. People should also take precautions to not leave the knob of the cooking gas on.—Jagdish Kulur, FortIt is not that the citizens or authorities are taking fire safety norms lightly. Most of the commercial and residential premises in the city are fire compliant and the fire brigade also works promptly in the case of fire emergencies in the city. But there needs to be more awareness among citizens on fire safety norms and fire fighting methods and action should be taken against illegal shops and establishments in the city that are not fire compliant.—Krushna Gupta, BorivliAlthough the number of fatalities in such incidents is on the rise, we are not taking enough safety measures. Having fire complaint workplaces and eating houses should be mandatory. Awareness about the dangers of not having a fire compliant area should be widely publicised and people should be educated on simple safety measures which can prevent major outbreaks. The government should introduce strict fire safety laws.—Gaurav Pinglay, Dombivili

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Border tensions spike as Pak Army resorts to truce breach

Even before the wounds of Rajouri could heal, Pakistan army again resorted to unprovoked heavy firing on Indian forward posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Poonch sector of the Jammu division on Sunday.The ceasefire violation came a day after tension gripped the LoC when Pakistan army resorted to unprovoked firing in the Keri battalion area of Rajouri sector leaving four Indian army soldiers, including a Major from Maharashtra, dead and another injured.Deputy Commissioner of Poonch Tariq Ahmad Zargar told DNA that the cross-border firing started at 12.30 pm on Sunday at Shahpur sector of the Poonch district and there was no loss of life or the property.”It started at about 12.30 pm. There was no report of loss of any life and property. The cross-border firing continued for more than an hour”, said Zargar.Sources said soon after Pakistan opened fire, the Indian troops swung into action and retaliated in kind to silence the Pakistani guns. The exchange of fire between the two sides continued for some time before it stopped.Seemingly fearing flare up, the authorities has put all emergency departments on alert to meet exigency.”We are always in the state of alert. You never know when ceasefire violation takes place. So we keep our medical and other teams ready”, said Zargar.Meanwhile, rich tributes were paid to the four soldiers who laid down their lives in the line of duty in Rajouri sector of LoC on Saturday. Major Moharkar Prafulla Ambadas, Lance Naik Gurmail Singh, Lance Naik Kuldeep Singh and Sepoy Pargat Singh were grievously injured in the cease fire violation and succumbed later on Saturday.Indian army has vowed to avenge the killing of four brave hearts by Pakistani forces at the place and time of their chosing. “The nation will remain ever indebted of the supreme sacrifice of our heroes. Army shall retaliate this dastardly act at a place and choice of our choosing”, tweeted Nagrota based White Knight Corps of the Indian army.Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh said the sacrifices rendered by valiant army officers and soldiers would be remembered for ever. “It will be recorded in the annals of history, so that the young generation get the requisite inspiration to serve the cause of nation”, he saidFigures presented in the Lok Sabha revealed that Pakistan has violated the ceasefire along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir 771 times till December 10 this year, and 110 times along the International Border till November-end. Around 30 people including 14 army personnel, 12 civilians and four BSF personnel were killed in these ceasefire violations this year.Last year there were 449 incidents of ceasefire violations in which 13 civilians and 13 security personnel were killed and 83 civilians and 99 security personnel were injured. The truce between India and Pakistan along the International Border, the Line of Control and the Actual Ground Position Line in Siachen glacier came into force in November 2003.

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FDA suspends 12 blood banks in state

The Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) department has suspended the licenses of 12 blood banks in the state. During the inspection, a few blood banks also received show cause notices.While the NACO rule makes it mandatory to collect blood and its components in the presence of a Blood Transfusion Officer (BTO), many blood banks in the state do not have a BTO working in all shifts.FDA Joint Commissioner AT Khadtare said, “The suspension of licenses is mainly due to the lack of BTO officers in those blood banks. While only one Mumbai blood bank got a suspension, most of the suspended blood banks are from Pune. The inspection started in March.” A private blood bank from Vile Parle got license suspension notice.As per the rule of State Blood Transfusion Council, in 24×7 blood banks, every shift requires one BTO and one extra for camps.In July, a Right To Information (RTI) application was filed to know which blood banks have less number of BTO staff. The RTI reply stated that 34 private blood banks in the city which collect more than 2,000 units of blood had less number of BTO.RTI activist, Chetan Kothari, said, “Last year, the FDA had issued show cause notices to government-run blood banks for violation of SBTC rule. They should keep an eye on private blood banks too for violation of rules.”

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Video of Hyderabad cop assaulting short-film director goes viral, probe ordered

A video purportedly showing a senior police official assaulting a man has gone viral on social media, prompting the Cyberabad police authorities here to order an inquiry.Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Madhapur Zone) K Ganga Reddy, who allegedly features in the video, was today transferred to the City Armed Reserve, while Police Commissioner Sandeep Shandilya ordered an inquiry into the incident.In the video, Reddy is purportedly seen kicking and slapping a short-film director accused of harassing a woman actor.Police sources said the director was summoned after the woman lodged a complaint, and when he misbehaved with the woman in front of police, the officer hit him.”Who recorded the video and whether it happened at the office of the Additional DCP or outside…is a matter of enquiry. But, whatever it is, this is uncalled for,” said DCP (Madhapur Zone) Vishwa Prasad.”If it is found to be true, this is very uncalled-for conduct on the part of the senior police official,” he added.The Cyberabad police commissioner has ordered an inquiry and sought a report, Prasad said.”Definitely it is disgraceful for police,” he added.Watch: Clip of Hyderabad cop assaulting man goes viralIn another case, police authorities of Rachakonda area near here ordered an inquiry after a photograph purportedly showing a police official resting his foot next to a woman sitting on a cot went viral on social media.The woman was writing a complaint regarding her husband’s killing, police sources said.The photograph is one-month old. Rachakonda Police Commissioner Mahesh Bhagwat ordered the inquiry after it went viral on social media yesterday, sources added.The police official, T S Uma Maheshwara Rao, attached to Jawaharnagar police station, claimed that as the plastic chair on which he was sitting was broken, he placed his foot on the cot.

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President Ram Nath Kovind arrives in Hyderabad for his first southern sojourn

President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday arrived here as part of the annual southern sojourn.Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Governor E S L Narasimhan, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, his cabinet colleagues and senior officials received the president and his wife Savita Kovind at Hakimpet Air Force Station.”The president, who arrived in the city today as part of the winter sojourn, will stay at the Rashtrapathi Nilayam located in Bollarum in Secunderabad till December 27,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (North Zone) B Sumathi told PTI.Kovind is scheduled to visit Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday to inaugurate the Indian Economic Association (IEA) summit at the Acharya Nagarjuna University at 10.30 am.He will later visit the Andhra Pradesh government’s Transitional Headquarters (secretariat) at Velagapudi, where he will inaugurate the AP Fibre Grid project.Kovind is also scheduled to inspect the Real-Time Governance Centre at the Andhra Pradesh secretariat.

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‘Not Indian Vedic tradition’- Andhra Pradesh asks temples not to celebrate New Year

In a controversial decision, the Andhra Pradesh government has asked for a ban on upcoming New Year festivities on January 1 in all the temples across the state.There are currently around 15,000 major temples in the state. In a circular issued by the Andhra Pradesh Endowments Department through the Hindu Dharma Parirakshana Trust (HDPT), it has suggested the Hindu temples to not celebrate New Year on January 1 and spend lavishly for the same. Dr C Raghavacharyulu, the Secretary of HDPT, said: “India got independence 70 years ago. But we have been following the English calendar that was made a habit during the British rule. Wishing on 1st January and celebrating it as a festival is not Indian Vedic Tradition.” Even temples have been asked not to wish devotees Happy New Year on New Year’s eve. This decision comes close in heels to several right wing organisations raising questions over Christmas celebrations in schools across the country. However, in most states, government’s have assured that Christmas festivities would go on without a hitch. “It came to my notice from the Honorable Commissioner of Endowments that even Hindu temples are following the British tradition. They are wishing the devotees on 1st January and are spending lakhs of rupees on floral decorations. The Commissioner is of the opinion that it is not proper to spend money received as donation from devotees for western tradition. It should be spent only for Indian tradition,” Raghavacharyulu added. He also said the Ugadi festival, which is celebrated on the first day of Chaitra (lunar) in April, should be celebrated as per the Indian tradition. The notification has been issued on December 21st. According to reports, the notification has been sent to Commissioner and other top officials of the Endowments Department and they have been asked to ensure that temples comply with the order. The TDP government in Andhra Pradesh led by Chandra babu Naidu is part of ruling NDA in the centre. With ANI inputs

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Delhi Shocker: Depressed woman under influence of alcohol allegedly shoots mother, brother

A 47-year-old woman allegedly shot at her mother and brother late last night in south Delhi’s Defence Colony, the police said on Friday. The accused Sangeeta, who has participated in state-level shooting tournaments, was apparently drunk at the time of the incident, they said.The woman’s brother Harsaran told police that Sangeeta shot at him and his mother around midnight. Harsaran along with his mother is now out of danger.Romil Baaniya, Deputy Commissioner of Police (South), said the woman has been detained and the pistol seized.She was also into adventure tourism and used to go to Sohna, Gurgaon. For the last one year, she had stopped going for shooting practise and stopped meeting people, said the officer.Her father said Sangeeta was suffering from depression and on medication.Last night, she took her medicines, sleeping pills along with alcohol and allegedly attacked her mother and brother, police said.

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3 Romanians arrested for cloning ATM cards

The Pune police arrested three Romanian nationals for cloning ATM cards with the help of skimmer and withdrawing nearly Rs 28 lakh from 138 accounts within eight days. Police say the fraudsters got ATM card details of 1,030 people – all of whom had withdrawn money from PNB ATM at Pashan in October.Pune police nabbed the three from Vasai and suspect they are part of a global fraud. They have been identified as Erima Dragos Junete (26), Lazar Alim Kresti (22) and Balan Floria Christinel (44).The fraud came to light when bank manager of Punjab National Bank’s Pashan circle approached police stating that money of their depositors was withdrawn without their knowledge.Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone III), Ganesh Shinde, said, “We found that the fraudsters used a skimmer at the ATM center to steal confidential information belonging to the authentic ATM card holders.”Assistant police inspector Sanjay Thenge of Chatushrungi police station, said, “The skimmer is a device that can be attached where an ATM card is inserted to withdraw money. When a card is inserted, the skimmer’s sensor copies the confidential details. The fraudsters also used a transparent keypad, with the help of which they were able to decipher the password of the ATM cards.”Senior police inspector Dayanand Dhome, in charge of Chatushrungi police station, said “In the span of eight days. the fraudsters managed to withdraw nearly Rs 28 lakh from 138 accounts. Acting on a tip-off, we sent a team to Vasai and asked our team in Bangalore to join them. On Tuesday, after the fraudsters withdrew some money from an ATM in Vasai, we managed to catch them red-handed.”The arrested trio has been sent to police custody till December 28.In a similar case in Mumbai, Navghar police are probing the case of cloning and skimming at the ATM kiosk of a private bank in Mulund. A bank user’s card details were compromised and money withdrawn illegally. Mumbai police has dispatched a team to Delhi and Ghaziabad to nab the fraudsters.The police source claimed that they have CCTV footage of the suspects, who installed the skimmer machine at the ATM machine, and withdrew money from the accounts of people in Delhi and Ghaziabad.As many as 40 people, who used the ATM in Mulund, were shocked after their card details were used to withdraw money while the cards were in their possession. All the victims had approached Navghar police station on Monday and case was registered.

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RK Nagar bypoll | Amid tight security, voting underway in late J Jayalalithaa’s constituency

Voting in RK Nagar Assembly constituency, which was left vacant after the death of former chief minister of Tamil Nadu J Jayalalithaa, began on Thursday morning.Chennai City Police Commissioner AK Viswanathan said they had ensured to conduct a fair election and have deployed additional forces to maintain peace and harmony.”We will ensure free and fair elections, today. We have deployed additional forces,” Viswanathan said.BJP candidate Karu Nagarajan and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) candidate N Marudhu Ganesh have also cast their votes. Ganesh expressed confidence of sweeping the polls and said, “Whether it is Rs 6000 or Rs 60,000, we are going to win. The voters of RK Nagar will teach a lesson to AIADMK this time.”Counting of votes will be held on December 24. The by-polls were earlier scheduled for April 12 earlier this year, but were cancelled following allegations that sums of money were distributed in a vote-for-cash scam.

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FIR registered against Hardik Patel for holding roadshow in Gujarat without permission

An FIR was registered on Wednesday against Patidar quota agitation spearhead Hardik Patel and around 50 of his supporters for holding a roadshow on the city outskirts on December 11 without permission, police said.The Ahmedabad Police registered the case in connection with the roadshow held in Bopal area.”Hardik, who heads the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), and his supporters were booked under IPC section 188 for disobeying the police order,” Bopal Police Inspector I H Gohil said.Hardik and his supporters, who were on their bikes, had organised a roadshow on December 11, despite being denied permission by the district authorities, he said.”Today, we have lodged an FIR against him and 50 other bikers for disobeying the police notification,” Gohil said.This is the first FIR against Hardik after the state Assembly elections.Three days before the second phase of Gujarat Assembly polls, the rally-cum-roadshow on motorcycles and cars was organised, which started from Bopal and culminated at Nikol area on the other end of the city, covering a distance of around 15 km.While Bopal area falls under the jurisdiction of rural police, Nikol area is under the city police limits.After the roadshow, Police Commissioner A K Singh had expressed displeasure over Patel’s move and said that legal action would be taken for holding the event without permission.Singh had denied permission to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi to hold roadshows in the city during the campaign which the leaders of the two parties had obeyed.

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First year MBBS student raped in medical college campus in Bhubaneswar

A first year female MBBS student of a private medical college was alleged raped in the college campus here, police said on Wednesday.The female student in her FIR at Mancheswar Police Station alleged that she was raped by a peon of the college while she was returning to hostel on Tuesday night.”We have arrested a man based on the complaint of the girl. Both the victim and the accused have undergone medical examination,” Bhubaneswar Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Satyabrata Bhoi told reporters adding that the police have also recorded the statement of the victim under Section 161 CrPC.The private medical college chairman Tirupati Panigrahi said: “The incident that occurred at around 7.30 pm yesterday came to the light at around 12 pm. The girl did not know the peon’s name. We identified the accused and handed him over to the police.”The accused has been identified as Manoj Khuntia, a resident from Athagarh in Cuttack district, police said.Khuntia claimed that he is innocent and allegations against him are false and baseless.”At around 9 PM last night, I saw the girl student and her male friend in a compromising position, while I was coming from the canteen after having my dinner. I shouted on them and told that I would take up the matter with the Principal,” said Khuntia.Khuntia said: “They requested me not to reveal the matter before anyone and promised that they would never commit same thing in college campus. Later, I went to my room, but the police brought me here at around 4 am today.”

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Hyderabad shocker: Woman’s body found chewed up by rats in Osmania Hospital morgue

In a shocking incident that once again highlights the callousness of hospitals, the body of a 21-year-old woman that was stored inside a mortuary of Osmania General Hospital was found allegedly chewed by rats.However, the hospital superintendent has played down the incident saying someone forgot to shut the door properly while preserving the body. “I went to forensic dept & found that all freezers are working in good conditions, no holes for rats to enter. Maybe they didn’t properly close door while putting body in. It doesn’t occur frequently. We are conducting departmental inquiry,” said DR. B Narendher, hospital superintendent.Hospital callousness has been a concern across the country. Only recently, Max Hospital in the national capital was in the news for wrongly declaring a baby dead. The doctor in that case was suspended, and the hospital subsequently lost its licence. However, 10 days later, the hospital resumed services, after presenting its case to the finance commissioner. “The operation of impugned order is stayed till the next hearing,” says the order by Finance Commissioner. The next hearing is on January 9.A preliminary report submitted by a panel of doctors to the Delhi government had found the hospital guilty of not having followed the prescribed medical norms in dealing with a pair of newborn twins.“Max Hospital Shalimar Bagh has resumed its operations from today, following a stay order issued by the appropriate Appellate authority to whom an appeal was made. We are fully focussed on providing quality care to all our patients and honouring our commitment of ensuring free treatment to the economically weaker sections of the society,” the hospital said in its statement on Wednesday morning.However, Delhi government is still waiting for the order to examine the further course of action.“We were present in the hearing and the commissioner had not given any relief to the hospital. We are checking with our legal team,” said Dr Kirti Bhushan, director general of health services, Delhi government.The three-member panel had submitted the report after scrutinising hospital records and meeting with the staff concerned. After the infant’s death, investigation into the alleged medical negligence case was transferred from the northwest district police to the Crime Branch.

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Delhi’s Max Hospital that wrongly declared baby dead resumes services after 10 days

Exactly 10 days after the Delhi government cancelled the licence of Max Hospital after its doctors wrongly declared a 22-week-old premature baby dead, the Shalimar Bagh hospital has resumed its services on Wednesday.The hospital had presented its case to the Finance commissioner on Tuesday.“The operation of impugned order is stayed till the next hearing,” says the order by Finance Commissioner. The next hearing is on January 9.The Delhi government on December 8 had cancelled the licence of the hospital’s branch in Shalimar Bagh for wrongly declaring a baby dead.A preliminary report submitted by a panel of doctors to the Delhi government had found the hospital guilty of not having followed the prescribed medical norms in dealing with a pair of newborn twins.Also readNo relief for Max hospital yet, matter further shifted for hearing on January 9 “Max Hospital Shalimar Bagh has resumed its operations from today, following a stay order issued by the appropriate Appellate authority to whom an appeal was made. We are fully focussed on providing quality care to all our patients and honouring our commitment of ensuring free treatment to the economically weaker sections of the society,” the hospital said in its statement on Wednesday morning.However, Delhi government is still waiting for the order to examine the further course of action.Also readDelhi L-G Anil Baijal may look into govt decision on Max hospital“We were present in the hearing and the commissioner had not given any relief to the hospital. We are checking with our legal team,” said Dr Kirti Bhushan, director general of health services, Delhi government.The three-member panel had submitted the report after scrutinising hospital records and meeting with the staff concerned. After the infant’s death, investigation into the alleged medical negligence case was transferred from the northwest district police to the Crime Branch.Also readFamily celebrates loss of Max Hospital’s licenceThe authorities had then approached the Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to look into the cancellation order.The Finance Commissioner is a statutory post and the incumbent on this post exercises the powers of the Lieutenant Governor/ Chief Commissioner, delegated under various statues.The commissioner has been delegated powers to act in a quasi-judicial capacity. The commissioner hears revision petitions/appeals against orders passed by competent authority under various acts including Delhi Nursing Home Registration Act, 1953.Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh on a monthly basis treats around 14,000 patients in the OPD, attends to over 1,600 emergency patients and additional 3,000 are treated in inpatient wards.

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Kupwara killing: Army not happy with senior cop

Even as the Jammu and Kashmir government ordered a time-bound magisterial probe into the killing of 28-year-old taxi driver Asif Iqbal in Kupwara, Indian Army is not happy with a senior police officer in the district over handling of the case.Sources said the Army’s main grouse is that the police officer ‘without any proof’ told media persons that locals have alleged that “the Army opened fire” in which Iqbal got killed at Thandipora village in Kupwara district.Army has maintained that Iqbal was killed in a cross-fire on Saturday night. On Sunday, the defence spokesman at Srinagar said that Army placed ambushes to maintain surveillance over the area on Saturday night based on information about the presence of terrorists in the area.”At around 10:55 pm the ambush party observed suspicious movement of three persons near Nallah in Thindipora village. After being challenged by troops, the terrorists opened fire towards the ambush party which was retaliated. Asif Iqbal Bhat was killed in the cross-fire due to a gunshot wound. Investigations are in progress,” he said.Kupwara District Commissioner Khalid Jahangir had ordered a magisterial enquiry and asked the inquiry officer to submit the report within three weeks.However, the army is not happy the way the senior police officer dealt with the issue. “What prompted him to point fingers at us when probe was yet to be completed? The government has set up enquiry, and law should take its own course. Why did the police officer jump gun? This is a serious issue and one cannot brush it under the carpet”, said an officer.The issue has also created a friction between the two alliance partners of the government. Sources in the BJP said that leaders were not happy at the finger pointing at the Army.

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Delhi High Court orders inquiry into Delhi Ashram after Dera-like charges

The Delhi High Court initiated an inquiry on Tuesday against a Rohini-based ashram, called Adhyatmik Vishwa Vidhyalaya Ashram run by one Virendra Dev Dixit, after it received “serious allegations” of sexual assault on women and minor girls who have been allegedly held captive there under the garb of guiding them to enlightenment.Without making any direct references to Ram Rahim or the Dera Sacha Sauda sect led by him, the bench said similar activities were going on in Sirsa. “This issue is similar to the situation faced in Sirsa, where the girls and women were illegally confined,” a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar said.A plea was filed by an NGO for Social Empowerment on behalf of several parents whose daughters have been wrongly confined in the ashram.The matter came to light last month when a family from Jhunjhnu, Rajasthan, visited the ashram to meet their daughter who had been detained since 9 November. The plea said that the parents were not allowed to meet her.Another such parent, whose daughter is a Chemical Engineering scholar with a PhD and Post Doctorate from IOWA State University (USA) in nano technology, was also present in court. They stated that their daughter has also been confined.An alleged victim said in the court that the people at the Ashram brainwash girls and women and sexually assault them under the pretext of religion. “I was left by my parents (at the ashram) for a two-month course, during which I was sexually assaulted. They brainwash people stating that no wrong deed is being committed. Wo kehte hain ki bhagwan hai (they say they are god),” she said.Several such cases were brought to light in the court through the plea, which also claimed that the victims are kept under the influence of drugs and indoctrination, and are being used to run a prostitution racket.The court directed Delhi Police Commissioner, Amulya Patnaik, to depute an official not below the rank of a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) to conduct an inspection of the ashram. The bench constituted a three-member committee comprising DCP (Rohini) Rajneesh Gupta, a representative of the Delhi Commission of Women (DCW) Swati Maliwal and Nandita Rao to immediately conduct an inspection and submit their report by the next date of hearing, i.e. Wednesday. The court also directed a videography of the inspection.The matter came up on urgent mentioning following which the bench expressed serious concerns about the issue. The plea, filed through advocate Shalabh Gupta, alleged that these so-called ashrams have become like jails where women (both minor and major) are being detained and exploited by the founders. The bench said that the plea is of an “extremely urgent nature” and “suggests dangers to the lives of the girls illegally confined”.The court also expressed its displeasure on the non-registration of FIRs in five complaints, one of which also includes suicide. The inmates of the ashram are mostly women and all of them come from various parts of the country. The matter has been listed for hearing today.

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No relief for Max Hospital on licence cancellation

The Finance Commissioner on Tuesday heard the appeal made by the authorities of Max Hospital in regard to the cancellation of its licence by the Delhi government. The commissioner has not given any relief to the hospital so far, hence the hospital’s services will remain disrupted until further orders.”The commissioner heard the arguments made by the hospital and the government. After hearing both the versions, the matter has been again listed for January 9. The final decision will be taken on the same day only,” said a senior Delhi government official who was present at the hearing.The government on December 8 had cancelled the license of the hospital’s Shalimar Bagh branch for wrongly declaring a new-born baby dead. A preliminary report submitted had found the hospital guilty of not having followed the prescribed medical norms in dealing with a pair of newborn twins.The three-member panel had submitted the report after scrutinising hospital records and meeting with the staff concerned. After the infant’s death, investigation into the alleged medical negligence case was transferred from the northwest district police to the Crime Branch.The authorities had then approached the Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to look into the cancellation order. “Following the due process of law, we have filed an appeal with the appropriate authority against cancellation of registration of Max Hospital Shalimar Bagh. Earlier, we had also requested Delhi Government to review their decision and restore the registration. This decision has caused significant inconvenience to thousands of patients and local residents and this is further compounded by unavailability of suitable alternatives for their medical needs in the vicinity,” the hospital had said in its statement.The Finance Commissioner is a statutory post and the incumbent on this post exercises the powers of the Lieutenant Governor/ Chief Commissioner, delegated under various statues. The commissioner has been delegated powers to act in a quasi-judicial capacity. The commissioner hears revision petitions/appeals against orders passed by competent authority under various acts including Delhi Nursing Home Registration Act, 1953.Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, treats around 14,000 patients in the OPD on a monthly basis, attends to over 1n600 emergency patients and additional 3,000 are treated in the inpatient wards.

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BMC blames socio-economic problems for Andheri farsan shop fire

A day after 12 people were charred in a fire at an illegal condiment factory in Sakinaka, the civic body on Tuesday tried to shrug off its responsibility by attributing the tragedy to a combination of several issues.Political pressure, court cases and government failure in checking illegal supply of electricity and gas cylinders for commercial purposes the hurdles that it faces in controlling unauthorised businesses in the city, said the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.”It is a socio-economic problem that people come to Mumbai to do odd jobs. The workers who died on Monday were from north India,” said Deputy Municipal Commissioner, Bharat Marathe. The Bhanu condiment factory on Khairani Road was too small to operate as a factory and accommodate 20 people, said Marathe, the in-charge of civic affairs for the area.And the issues span across Mumbai, he said. “It is a reality that 60 percent of the city have the same scenario.” Regular inspections and strict action are the need of the hour, he said.Vote-bank politics undo all the efforts of the civic body, said a BMC official, who did not wish to be named. “We are under immense political pressure to not take action in slums. It is only after court orders that we can do something.” He said only a handful of politicians allow the BMC to do its work in good faith.Resource crunch is another impediment, said the second official. “We lack staff in sanitary inspections, factory and licence departments. One person can inspect maximum 20 shops per day but in Mumbai depending on the area ranging from 60 to 200 illegal small scale businesses come up every day. Many a times we don’t even come to know that some businesses start and even closes after few months. Even if we take the owner to court, high court penalises him sometimes with just Rs 500 and the illegal business continues”, he said.BJP MP Kirit Somaiya, who has written to the BMC chief after Monday’s tragedy, said he has demanded inspection at all condiment factories in Mumbai. “It may be true that some politicians don’t allow BMC action, but it is not important at the moment. We have to look forward that such incidences should not occur and innocent should not lose their lives”.

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PM Modi to launch Magenta line section on Dec 25

The Kalkaji Mandir-Botanical Garden line of the Delhi Metro, which will reduce travel time between Noida and south Delhi, will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 25, the DMRC said on Monday.The 12.64 km section, part of metro’s upcoming Botanical Garden-Janakpuri West (Magenta) Line, was granted safety approval by the Commissioner for Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) last month.Metro’s new generation trains, which can run without drivers, will run on this section where an advanced Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) signaling technology that will facilitate the movement of trains with a frequency of 90 to 100 seconds will also be pressed into service.However, for an initial period of two-three years, the trains will have drivers. Currently, for travelling to South Delhi areas, commuters from Noida have to change trains — from Blue Line to Violet Line- at Mandi House Metro Station.After this new section of the Delhi Metro is opened, commuters will be able to travel directly to Kalkaji Mandir Metro Station, which is on the Violet Line, cutting the travel time by about 45 minutes.Once the entire corridor from Botanical Garden till Janakpuri West (38.23 km) is opened, commuters from Noida will be able to go to Gurgaon by changing trains at Hauz Khas station.The Botanical Garden has been developed as the metro’s first-ever inter-change station outside the boundaries of Delhi.

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7-year-old drowns in Madh hotel pool

The Malwani police have registered a case against the lifeguard of a four-star hotel in Madh island for allegedly causing death of a seven-year-old boy owing to negligence. The body of the deceased was found floating in the pool on Saturday.According to police, Idris Khokhar a resident of Prabhat colony in Santacruz, died in a pool at The Retreat Hotel and Convention Centre in Madh Island. Tasneem, mother of the victim had planned the outing along with her friends.There were six children playing in the resort when Idris went missing. The other visitors informed Idris’s sister Zahra,14 about the incident.The Malwani police sent the body for post mortem and registered a case of accidental death. Shrirang Nadgowda, Assistant Commissioner of Police (Malwani division), said, “We have taken the complaint of the parents and have registered the case against the lifeguard for failing to save the life of the child.”“We have acquired the CCTV camera footage and are probing the case further,” added Nadgowda.

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Assembly Elections 2017: Chief Election Commissioner AK Joti asssures EVMs cannot be tampered with

After the Congress, the AAP and Patidar leader Hardik Patel expressed apprehension that the EVMs may have been tampered, the Chief Election Commissioner AK Joti on Monday assured that the electronic voting machines (EVMs) cannot be tampered with.The CEC said, “Questions being raised about EVMs have already been answered by us in the media. VVPATs were there in every polling stations in Gujarat, which enabled voters to see whom they voted for, so issues being raised aren’t right. I assure that EVMS cannot be tampered with.” Joti added that the Gujarat Chief Electoral officer had made all arrangements at all places in counting halls in the state.Former Chief Election Commissioner Naveen Chawla also asserted that political parties or candidate tended to cry foul and blame the electronic voting machines (EVMs) when they are losing the elections. “I have observed that when a political party or a candidate lose, they tend to blame the machine and I think that’s unfair,” Naveen Chawla told ANI.He added that people should have faith not only in the Election Commission (EC) but also the courts, who have called the EVM has one of the technological wonders.”We must have faith in the EC and also in the courts as all of them have examined different aspects of EVM as well,” said the former CEC.Even Bihar CM Nitish Kumar mocked at Opposition for criticising EVMs. “Some may criticise the EVMs out of fear of defeat, but the EVMs have made elections transparent and impartial. Now, nobody can deprive anybody of the right to cast votes,” Kumar, who has predicted a comfortable majority for the BJP in Gujarat, tweeted in Hindi. According to early trends, the Congress was giving tough fight to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in both the states.The counting of votes for 68 Assembly seats in Himachal Pradesh and 182 constituencies in Gujarat began at 8 am today.The hill state went to polls on November 9 while elections were held in two phases in Gujarat on November 9 and 14 respectively.(With ANI inputs)

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Gujarat elections 2017: Before counting, rumours float in Gujarat online space

An ‘official’ government order purportedly signed by one K L Parmar, Deputy Election Commissioner, stated that internet will be banned in Gujarat on counting day. Another letter, purportedly from BJP state president Jitu Vaghani to its national president Amit Shah, states that the BJP is losing Gujarat. Another letter allegedly by Gujarat Congress chief Bharat Solanki to Rahul Gandhi admits the party will face a terrible defeat in Gujarat It’s the eve of counting of votes in Gujarat Assembly polls and all sorts of ‘stories’ are floating in the air…errr WhatsApp.They range from issues as serious as the internet being banned on the counting day to the one like BJP booking the Sardar Patel stadium for its swearing-in ceremony.One of those canards that really took the goat of the officials — the Internet ban rumour.As the ‘order’ bears an official looking seal and even forged signature in the name of deputy Election Commissioner K L Parmar, he filed an FIR, seeking the origin of the rumour, with the cyber cell of the Ahmedabad Crime Branch.The ‘letter’ says several EVMs were hacked during the two phases of the Gujarat polls. These machines, with microchips inside, were connected to some of the satellite towers of telecommunication companies. “The EC has therefore ordered these companies to stop beaming internet on December 18 between 8 am and 6 pm,” it reads.Rajdeep Zala, Additional DCP of Crime branch, said they had started an investigation. Zala also said the police have lodged a case against unidentified person/s.”We believe the forged letter was circulated to create chaos in social media and could create a law and order situation in the state,” he started.As if this was not enough, Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti leader Hardik Patel tweeted that a team of 140 engineers from an Ahmedabad-based company was ready to hack over 5,000 EVMs via ‘source code’. He even named assembly seats where the attempt was made.FAKE RESIGNATIONVaghani was not the only one to have been affected by the fake letter virus. A ‘resignation letter’ of Congress state president Bharatsinh Solanki was also making rounds on social media after ticket distribution in which he was said to have been unhappy over tickets to Alpesh Thakor and his men. In the fake letter that went viral, Solanki was quoted as saying that the Congress will lose heavily because of this decision.‘LETTER’ STIRS UP ROWA ‘letter’ that went viral was purportedly from state BJP president Jitu Vaghani to party’s national president Amit Shah, saying Vaghani allegedly wrote that the party was losing badly.

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Use coach for disabled, face heavy penalty

In a bid to crackdown on abled persons travelling in train compartments reserved for the handicapped, the Government Railway Police (GRP) will aggressively book offenders under the Right of Persons With Disabilities Act (RPWD) which attracts a maximum punishment of Rs One lakh as fine and two years imprisonment or both.The Kurla police on Monday registered a case against an unidentified man after Nitin Gaikwad, 46, a Ghatkopar resident and physically-handicapped businessman, reported the matter to Chief Security Commissioner of the Railway Protection Force (RPF).The Kurla GRP registered a case under sections 91 (Punishment for fraudulently availing any benefit meant for persons with benchmark disabilities) and 95 (Alternative punishments) of the RPWD Act.A senior inspector on condition of anonymity said, “Normally, RPF fines the offenders around Rs 500 but we have been instructed that if offenders are found inside the compartment reserved for handicap commuters, a case under RPWD is to be registered.”TN Dubey, Chairperson, Naisargic Viklang Seva Sangh and former Divisional Railway Users Consultative Committee, said, “The move will curb the number of abled persons entering the reserved compartment. The Railways should also make announcements requesting commuters to not enter these compartments.”

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Hot wheels: Cops crack carjacking case, two held

Delhi police have arrested two notorious carjackers who allegedly committed crimes in a unique manner.The duo is said to have used mobile phone signal jammer devices while committing the thefts in Vasant Village, police said. According to the police, the accused have been identified as Subodh Yadav, 37, and his associate Vipan Kumar, 42, who would steal the vehicles and then dispose of them after tampering with the engine and chassis number of the vehicle. The accused were arrested following a tip-off.”We had received information that they would be coming to Vasant Village to meet and finalise a deal for a stolen luxury car. A trap was laid out at 4.30 pm,” said Romil Baniya, Deputy Commissioner of Police, South District.The team swung into action and on sensing the police presence both of them tried to escape with the car but were apprehended.”The accused were thoroughly searched and sophisticated tools for reading and replicating ignition, lock system and bypassing Engine Control Module (ECM) settings and mobile phone signal jammers were recovered,” Baniya added.During interrogation, the accused revealed that they had developed a vast network of engine and chassis numbers punchers operating from Punjab and UP. The members of this syndicate purchased all the damaged vehicles from the insurance company and punched the engine and chassis numbers of total loss vehicle to stolen vehicle and sell the stolen vehicles to second-hand car buyers.”The modus operandi was unique as they used an advanced security software read-and-replicate machine to disable ignition and security system and bypass the ECM of the vehicle, and transferred this data to their programming machine.””Using this data, the accused prepared duplicate keys to steal the cars. They further used A mobile phone signal jammer device while committing theft or dealing in stolen cars to dodge decoy customers as well as police. This device was to act as a cloak for the electronic surveillance of these criminals,” Baniya added.

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Jaipur: Experts to unveil cop’s murder case

The police has arrested three people Tejaram, Vidhya Devi, Sugna Devi but the absconding Nathuram Jat accused in the case of the shooting police inspector S Periapandian of Maduravoyal police station in Chennai on a lime kiln located in Ramawas village of Jaitaran, Here, the FSL team and the Ballistic expert reached the spot and examined the crime scene. The team investigated that if Nathuram Jat snatched the revolver of the police inspector intentionally shot him or accidentally fired on Periapandian. It is worth mentioning that the service revolver of Inspector Periapandian and the other CI PM Munishekhar’s service revolver was handed to the state forensic laboratory yesterday.The Chennai team previously told that Periapandian was killed by Nathuram but the Pali Police had feared that Periapandian was shot due to the team’s mistake. The Joint Commissioner of Chennai police, Santosh Kumar, also reached Jaitran. He got full details of the incident from Jaitaran CI Virendra Singh and CI PM Munishekhar of Chennai Police. Pali Superintendent of Police Deepak Bhargava told that The scientific investigation of the firing during the capture of the accused and the death of Chennai Police Inspector Periapandian has started. The Pali Police has handed over the arms of both inspectors to State Forensic Laboratory so that it can be ascertained as to what pistol the bullet was from and from how much distance it was fired.Forensic and Ballistic Expert also started the investigation this morning.Three police teams were mobilized under the leadership of police officers Jatran, Anandpur Kalu and Ras Thanprabhari is in search of the accused. The teams have searched hotels and highway motels near Jaitaran. The accused reportedly pulled out Pandi’s revolver from the holster and shot at him. Jat managed to get away. Search operationThe railway stations and bus stands of Beawer, Ajmer, Jaipur, and Pali were also searched. Jaipur Airport was also searched due to the possibility of escaping of the accused from the airplane to Chennai-Bangaluru.

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BSES employee held for theft

A BSES contractual supervisor was arrested for stealing cable wire worth Rs 10 lakh from Jamia Milia University Metro Station using a crane. Police recovered the entire stolen cable wire from him.”The accused, Ashwani Kumar alias Bablu, 37, was arrested on the basis of evidence from the CCTV footage. He was earlier in jail for four years in a murder and robbery case in Gurgaon,” said Chinmoy Biswas, Deputy Commissioner of Police, South-East.According to the police, on December 5, a complaint was received from BSES contractor Karan Sharma, who said that someone had stolen a wooden drum containing cables. He informed the police that the wire was 492 metre-long and weighed around 4,400 kg. The wire worth Rs 10 lakh was stolen from the under-construction Jamia Milia University Metro Station site,” said the officer.Police scanned the list of previous cases where the modus operandi was the same. Cops scanned relevant CCTV footage from various BSES godowns and under-construction metro sites. In one such footage, a crane and a tempo were seen passing in front of a hospital at night. The crane owner was traced down and he informed that a BSES employee had hired him for lifting the cable wire roll.Police further traced the BSES contractual labour supervisor Kumar who confessed to the crime. Kumar earlier worked as a cab driver and had been working for BSES for the past one year as a labour supervisor. In 2006, he was arrested in a murder-cum-robbery case in Gurugram and was lodged at Bhondsi Jail till 2010.Kumar was looking for scrap dealers in Okhla and Badarpur areas to sell off the wire. He even tried to fix a deal with around four dealers, but most refused to buy the wire because it was government property. He was also looking for dealers outside Delhi to dispose the cable. He told the police that he had dumped the cable roll behind Batra Hospital in the jungle area from where the wire was recovered. He was previously involved in a case of attacking a public servant.

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Delhi police reunite two missing kids with their family

After a long search, Delhi Police rescued and reunited two lost children with their family in northeast Delhi. The two kids, aged seven and eight years, had gone missing while returning home from school. Following a door-to-door search, the two children were spotted by police.Deputy Commissioner of Police, northeast, Ajit Singla, said that information was received at the New Usmanpur police station, that the two male children, wearing their school uniform, had gone missing. Their family members reported that they had gone to school on Monday, but had not returned.””Five teams were constituted and each was given photographs of the two. They started looking for them in Usmanpur, and also searched the ISBT Kashmere Gate. The father of the missing boys told police that both his sons had gone to their school, Nagar Nigam Prathmik Vidyalya, Gamri Extension, which is near their residence. The school shut at 5:30 pm, but the children were not home,” Singla said.He further added that one team was sent to Shahdara Railway Station, while the second rushed to Nizamuddin Railway Station. Others were sent to the ISBT Kashmere gate and Shastri Park red light area, while the last one searched New Usmanpur and Bhajanpura.”It was only after an intensified door-to-door search that both children were found weeping at Mobin Chowk Noor-e-Lahi in Bhajanpura area. After recovery, both of them were handed over to their father Jitender within two hours,” the DCP said.Missing childrenAccording to data shared by the past session of the Lok Sabha, only 78 persons were convicted for kidnapping and abducting children in 2014, out of a total of 612 persons who were charge-sheeted. In 2015, only 67 persons were convicted out of a total 569 charge-sheeted persons.

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Bomb scare at Khan Market, but nothing found after day-long search

A bomb threat sent Delhi Police and intelligence agencies into high alert on Friday. Early in the morning, an anonymous caller informed police that a bomb had been planted in the tony Khan Market and would soon blow up. The upscale market area also houses VIP residences.Police, fire-fighters, and a dog squad with a bomb disposal team surrounded the Market in no time and kept scanning the area until evening. However, no explosive was found.Since the Parliament is located within a radius of 2.5 km from the market, and bearing in mind that it was the first day of the Winter session, police presence was ensured until late. Chief Fire Officer Atul Garg of the Delhi Fire Services said, “After assuring the area was free of explosives, the parking space was opened.””A few shops also started functioning. Vigil, however, was maintained till around 4pm,” he added.Cleared of parked vehicles, Khan Market was fortified throughout the day with police vehicles, anti-terror Parakram vans and armed commandos.”The New Delhi District Control Room got a call through Police Control Room at 6.46 am today (Friday) saying ‘Khan Market mein bomb plant kar diya hai’ (A bomb has been planted at Khan Market), said Deputy Commissioner of Police BK Singh, “A probe revealed that the call originated from outside New Delhi district. Adequate measures were taken and all the concerned agencies were roped in without any delay.”He added that the police was verifying facts and following the steps required as per the standard drill to handle a threat call. “There is no need to panic,” he asserted.

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Structural audit conducted for only 10% buildings

The BMC has revealed that only 10.72 per cent of societies in C/Ward, where a building collapsed on Friday, have submitted their structural audit reports in the last two years,Senior civic officials told DNA that not more than 20 per cent of the societies in the city submit their structural audit reports to the BMC, risking the lives of their inhabitants.Assistant Municipal Commissioner of C/Ward, J Ghegadmal, said, “In the last two years, a total of 1,454 notices were served to make a structural audit. However, only 156 societies have submitted their structural audit reports to us.By not auditing the structure of the old building, residents risk their own lives. Two years ago, section 353 B of MMC Act was amended where failure to audit invited strict action and prosecution.”The BMC sends notices for the audit to all buildings more than 30 years old under section 353 B of the Act. Following the notice, the buildings have to carry out repairs or if found in a dangerous condition, an evacuation notice is sent.”BMC looks after the structural audit of only 1,200 private buildings. For 4,500 cessed buildings, MHADA does not carry out a proper audit but only a visual inspection as it lacks funds for a structural audit. Hence, the spurt in collapse incidents in MHADA buildings,” a civic official said.Anil Ankalgi Resident Executive Engineer of MHADA accepted that MHADA only carried out a structural survey before the monsoon season.”Like in C/Ward, only 10 per cent of the societies have submitted their structural audit reports. the situation is more or less the same in the city. Of the total notices served, we re-send them to the buildings which are in a bad condition. However, the tenants are sentimental about the property and appoint their own auditor apart from the municipal auditor. It becomes difficult to ascertain which ones are actually dangerous,” a senior BMC official said, requesting anonymity.

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Alpha to Bravo

The joint exercises between the Indian and the British Armies, third in the series, culminated on Thursday at the Mahajan Field Firing Ranges near Bikaner.Meanwhile, heli-borne exercises were also conducted while methods of insertions were also taught followed by actual practice for the intended target. As the days progressed officers of both the armies started focusing on specific counterterrorism operations with lectures and demonstrations by UK contingent on search and destroy mission while cordon and search demonstration by Indian contingent. Interestingly the contingents were shown handling of venomous snakes during jungle survival training.In his closing remarks, Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh of the Indian Army conveyed that in the current flattened world and the ever-changing militancy environment, such joint endeavors are the need of the day to find a solution to this global menace and such exercise are a small but concrete step in the right direction.The closing ceremony was attended by observers and senior military dignitaries from both the Armies. Sir Dominic Asquith KCMG, British High Commissioner in India and Major General Robert Harry Talbot Rice from the United Kingdom and Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh, General Officer Commanding STRIKE 1 and Major General Rupinder Singh, General Officer Commanding Cockerel Division from Indian Army were present.

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Mom, paramour kill 7-year-old with knife

A seven-year old girl was brutally murdered with a kitchen knife by her mother and her paramour after she had caught them in a “compromising position” in East Delhi’s Ghazipur area early on Thursday, police said.To mislead the police, the mother cooked up stories and said somebody killed her in the name of “black magic”. The duo was arrested in the evening.”The mother and her paramour, Sudhir, hatched a conspiracy after the minor girl saw them in an awkward position. Initially, a missing complaint was registered with the police. Later her body was recovered with her throat slit,” said Omvir Singh, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), East.The girl was last seen watching TV with her younger brother. Her parents said she had gone missing, raised an alarm and alerted neighbours who also could not find her. Later, at 11 am, the police was informed.The police scanned the area and the girl was found on the terrace of an adjacent building. The building has several houses with terraces linked to each other.The prime suspect in the case was another man who lived barely a few metres away from the house and had been missing since the crime.Police officials sent the body for post-mortem. During the probe it was revealed that the mother was close to the man and he was seen entering and leaving the building at times.The mother later confessed that her daughter had caught her with her paramour in a comprising position. “The girl was hell-bent on telling her father what she had seen despite her mother pestering her not to do so. In fear that her daughter might spill the beans, she took her to the terrace of the adjacent building and asked her paramour to come along as well. The duo later killed her using a kitchen knife,” said an investigating official.

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Sec 144 imposed at Udaipur, net, social media muzzled

Suspecting a law and order “problem” that may be triggered by anti-social elements in Udaipur after the heinous murder of Afrazul, the Udaipur District Magistrate Bishnucharan Mallik issued an order and imposed Section 144 of the Indian Penal Code in the district from 8 pm on Wednesday evening till next order.The District Magistrate said during the prohibition, there will be restrictions on conducting collective events and planning of dharna demonstration, rally and shocking speeches while none can roam with a sharp weapons or a sticks. Strict legal action would be taken against the infringers. Strict legal action will also be taken against those who send messages, images or videos that spoils the communal harmony on social media.Moreover, Divisional Commissioner Bhawani Singh Detha issued an order to suspend internet services in the entire border area of Udaipur district for 24 hours. Meanwhile, 2G, 3G and 4G data, Internet service, bulk SSS, MMS, WTSAP, Facebook, Twitter and other social media services being provided by various mobile service providers will remain suspended. This suspension is effective from 8 pm onwards.A special cell has been set up in the office of District Magistrate and the District Superintendent of Police, through which vigilance is being kept any post, image and video being circulated on social media. If any message, comment, picture or video that is spreading hatred and malice will be broadcast then strict action will be taken against.Moreover, the DM has also banned entry of one Updesh Rana after his video went viral. In the video Rana claimed to be reaching Udaipur on Thursday which could create tension between communities.

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Yogi Cabinet approves UPCOCA to check organized crime

To give more powers to security forces in controlling crime, law and order in Uttar Pradesh, the Yogi Adityanath government approved the UP Control of Organized Crime Act (UPCOCA) on the lines of MCOCA (Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act).A Bill in this regard was approved by the Yogi Adityanath Cabinet on Wednesday after six-month long deliberations over the provisions of the Act. The Bill will now be tabled at the winter session of the State Legislature, beginning Thursday, for promulgation of the Act. In another important decision, the Cabinet also approved to install bio-metric attendance systems at the Secretariat and other government offices and made bio-metric attendance mandatory for all government employees, including the IAS, IPS and PCS officers. “The State government has accorded top priority to control law and order. The Act is aimed at tightening further noose around criminals in Uttar Pradesh,” said Srikant Sharma, BJP government Spokesperson.The Bill was drafted after studying the provisions made in MCOCA. Stringent measures have been recommended in the bill against those involved in criminal activities, organized crime like running mafia gangs, mine mafia, land grabbing, kidnapping for ransom etc.The Bill provides to confiscate and attach properties acquired through illegal means of criminals and makes provisions for punishment from minimum three years to Capital punishment. It also provides a fine of Rs 5 to 25 lakhs. To break the nexus between the criminals and politicians, it envisages special power to the police. The bill also proposes o extend period of filing chargesheet from 90 days to 180 days.Provisions of UPCOCA could be slapped only after recommendation of the Commissioner or IG rank officials. The state government would also establish special force and UPCOA Courts to expedite such cases. The Principal Secretary Home will personally monitor cases under UPCOA.The Yogi Adityanath government has already launched a massive cfrackdown against criminals in the state. About 30 reward-carrying criminals have so far been shot dead by the police in encounters.“The UPCOCA will give much-required additional powers to the security forces to send criminals to jail and get them punishment in shortest time through the UPCOA Courts,” said a senior police official.The ruling BJP has majority in UP Assembly but ot would be interesting how the Bill is passed in the UP Council, the Upper House, dominated by the opposition Samajwadi Party which had opposed the Bill in 2007 when then Chief Mayawati had tried to introduce it.

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BMC Tree Authority an only neta club as tree expert slots lie vacant

Following the death of Sharda Ghodeswar by a sudden tree fall in Chembur last week, questions were raised about the casual and unscientific inspection that the city civic authority conducts. The various causes experts quoted were haphazard cutting, over concretization and planting of non native trees in the city. The city civic body BMC has a dedicated tree authority whose role is to protect and preserve the trees in Mumbai and take action against illegal tree cutting and trimming. However, information has come to fore that the authority does not have a single tree expert as its member and all the decisions are taken only by elected civic representatives from various parties.The BMC’s Tree Authority has 15 members including ivic chief Ajoy Mehta. The present tree authority was made in March 2017 after the BMC elections and has 6 members of Shiv Sena, 5 members of BJP, two from Congress and one from NCP. While, all 10 positions for the tree experts are lying vacant.”The state government’s social forestry department does not have any registered NGO in Mumbai zone to select tree experts from them”, said Sanvi Tandel, Shiv Sena corporator who head’s the BMC’s Garden committee. “The authority can be run under the chairmanship of municipal commissioner”, Tandel added.While, Deputy Municipal Commissioner (Gardens), Kishore Kshirsagar said, “Till last year, the tree authority had passed a resolution that tree experts can be appointed from the NGO’s by putting ward wise notices. However, this authority has not yet passed any such resolution and thus the positions of the tree experts are vacant”.”If the tree authority, who is responsible for taking all decisions on trees in Mumbai has no expert, a person who will scientifically raise concerns on green cover, give opinion on tree cutting, trimming and transplantation from a technical and botanical angle, how will the decisions be partial ? A tree authority without a tree expert makes no sense at all. The political parties just don’t want any environmentalists interference in their decisions on haphazard tree cutting for their upcoming projects because of which they are not filling the positions reserved for experts”, said Zoru Bathena an environment activist who has been fighting against extensive tree cutting for metro projects in Mumbai.TREE TALKMANOJ KOTAKBJP group leaderNo NGO’s fit in the norms laid by the state government on the tree experts recruitment which includes forestation experience and many others. That is why till now no experts are appointed. Last year, we had relaxed the criterias and had appointed the members. But this year, we are yet to take the decision if to relax the norms because of which as of now there are no tree experts in the authority”.VISHWANATH MAHADESHWARMayorThe appointment of tree experts in the tree authority is important. The experts have their opinions are also necessary while taking any decision by the tree authority. The tree authority last year did have experts and we will see that the appointment of the tree experts in this tree authority is done soon”.DR NILESH BAXIAn enviornmentalist and former member of tree authority allegedDecisions like appointing tree experts as members, tree cutting, trimming and transplantation is just a political racket. All the decisions are taken for money and profit. All the political party members are anti-naturalists. They don’t want an expert as a member as they will put down their feet on every project and they don’t want any interference.ONE, TWO, TREE29.75lakh Total trees in Mumbai13.9lakh Native trees15.8lakh Non-native trees450 Variety of treesMORE NUMBERS2 times a year BMC conducts audit of trees939 Tree collapse incidences in city this year4 Death due to tree fall this yearWHY DO TREES COLLAPSE?Over concretisation Paving Damage of roots while laying the utilities Improper and loose earth filling after laying utilities Improper trimming causing the tree to loose its balance No modern equipment to find out tree health

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Snowfall brings cheers to Kashmir

Sheen paetu,, paetu, maam yeetu.. yeetu… (Snowflakes are falling and falling, come my uncle, come fast). Paradise is again reverberating with this Kashmiri folk-lore, thanks to season’s first snowfall.Kashmir has been covered by a blanket of snow bringing smiles on the faces of people who were otherwise battling with dry cold and disease. According to the Met department, there has been moderate to heavy snowfall in many areas of the valley with Gulmarg receiving the highest so far. Famed ski resort Gulmarg has received two feet of snow. Srinagar has received 3.5 cm of snow while Qazigund, the gateway to Kashmir has got 13 centimeters of snow so far. Famous health resort of Pahalgam has received 25 centimeters while Kokarnag has received 12 centimeters of snow so far. Weatherman has predicted more rain and snow with one or two spells being the heaviest across the Kashmir valleyFresh snowfall also has created quite a buzz among the netizens on the social networking sites with people greeting friends in traditional Kashmir style.Also readKashmir Saffron all set to take global flight, new job opportunities surface for unemployed youth“Woke up earlier this morning to a city with a light dusting of snow. Nau Sheen Mubarak (Greetings on season’s first snowfall)”, tweeted Omar Abdullah, former J&K chief minister posting a short video on his twitter handle.Cheers notwithstanding, snow has also caused disruption of essential services in many parts of the valley. The 300-kilometer Srinagar-Jammu highway, the lifeline for the landlocked valley, has been closed for traffic due to the snow at Jawahar Tunnel and en route.Also readDNA Special: Kashmir’s Saffron Park to engage stone pelters, youths“National Highway and Mughal Road closed. All district roads operational”, tweeted deputy inspector general of police, south Kashmir range.Jammu and Kashmir government has put all the departments on maximum alert to meet any exigency following the heavy snowfall. District Development Commissioner Anantnag Mohammad Younis Malik said 19 functional snow cutters are available in the Mechanical Division Khannabal in addition to other requisite machinery. “Snow cutters and other machines have been deployed at Sangam, Pahalgam, Dooru, and Kokernag”, he said.Around 94 shelter sheds have been established at Jawahar Tunnel where adequate ration and other facilities have been made available to help stranded passengers. Besides, health facilities have also been augmented at health centers along the national highway.

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Despite no police permission, Hardik Patel holds roadshow in Ahmedabad

Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) convener Hardik Patel today began his 15-km-long roadshow in Ahmedabad despite police denying permission to it.Hundreds of supporters of the quota agitation leader took out the rally on motorcycles and four-wheelers through the main city area, even as police said they will take legal action against Patel for holding the roadshow without permission.”We had not given permission to Hardik Patel to hold the roadshow in Ahmedabad, but from the kind of rally that has been taken out by his supporters in the city area, we do see that it is violation of the condition and we will take legal action,” Ahmedabad Police Commissioner A K Singh said.Also readGujarat elections 2017: Hardik Patel’s ‘shadow’ moves far from PAAS over Congress tiltPolice have also denied permission to the Congress and the ruling BJP to hold roadshows in the city tomorrow, citing traffic congestion and law and order situation as reasons.Patel started his roadshow from the Bopal area. It will culminate in Nikol.His supporters, especially youths from the Patidar community, gathered at various places on the way to greet and express their support.Congress president-elect Rahul Gandhi was scheduled to hold the roadshow tomorrow, but police denied permission to it.Also readGujarat Elections 2017 | Patidar youth rally behind Hardik Patel, seniors still with BJPAlso, police did not allow the BJP to hold a roadshow tomorrow, the last day of campaigning for the second phase of Gujarat elections scheduled to be held on December 14.The first phase of polling was held on December 9. The results will be declared on December 18.

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Intelligence agencies flag concerns of ‘lone wolf’ attacks in Gujarat during campaigning

Intelligence agencies have gathered information that a “lone wolf” may try to target roadshows of “big political leaders” during the campaigning for the assembly elections in Gujarat, officials said.Based on intelligence inputs and interrogation reports of two arrested suspected terrorists, the agencies have alerted the Gujarat Police that a “lone wolf” may try to carry out attacks on roadshows of top political leaders and there is a need to take maximum precaution, a senior government official saidHowever, it is not immediately known if the Ahmedabad Police’s decision to deny permission to the roadshows of Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and the BJP, to be held here tomorrow, was related to the intelligence inputs. Also readAurangzeb-style coronation, black day for Congress: Shehzad Poonawalla on Rahul Gandhi’s elevation Ahmedabad Police Commissioner A K Singh cited traffic congestion and some main markets and old city areas, which are communally sensitive and have narrow roads, falling on the routes of the roadshows, as the reasons for denying the permission to the roadshows.A “lone wolf” is a terrorist who carry out attacks alone without having any direct contact with any organisation.Also readPM congratulates Rahul on becoming Cong Prez, Rahul thanks Modi for his good wishesOne Uroz Khan, arrested in Madhya Pradesh on November 6, had reportedly told police that he promised to supply arms and explosives to two suspected ISIS operatives for allegedly carrying out “lone wolf” attacks on a Jewish synagogue and during election rallies in Gujarat, the official said.ISIS suspect Ubaid Mirza, who was in the custody of the National Investigation Agency, also reportedly told the agency that ISIS style “loan wolf” attack was planned on roadshow and rallies in Gujarat. PTI ACB SKL

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Nothing more than Indo-Pak relations were discussed at Aiyar’s residence: Ex-Army Chief rejects PM’s allegation

Guests at a dinner hosted by suspended Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar have denied that domestic politics figured in the discussions with Pakistani leaders after PM Modi’s allegation that Islamabad was trying to meddle in the Gujarat election.Two-ex diplomats who were privy to the matter said that discussions revolved around India-Pakistan ties.The meeting included former PM Manmohan Singh and former VP Hamid Ansari were present at the dinner for former Pakistan Foreign Affairs Minister Mahmud Kasuri’s visit.The other guests at the dinner included the Pakistan High Commissioner, former FM K Natwar Singh, former Army Chief Deepak Kapoor, former diplomats Satinder Lambah, Salman Haider, TCA Raghavan, Sharat Sabharwal, Chinmaya Gharekhan.General Kapoor, the 23rd Army Chief, confirmed he was part of the meeting and said they only discussed India-Pakistan relations. He was quoted saying by The Indian Express: “Yes, I was part of the meeting and we discussed nothing more than India-Pakistan relations.”Also readDay after PM Narendra Modi’s ‘poll-meddling’ allegations, Pakistan says stop dragging us in your election debatesGharekhan told NDTV: “It was entirely devoted to talking about relations between India and Pakistan. Inevitably, cross-border terrorism came up and Kashmir came up but no one, I am 100 per cent sure, not a single person talked about either Gujarat elections or the domestic situation in India or for that matter, the domestic situation in Pakistan.”Lambah also said he there was just a general discussion on Indo-Pak relations.Also readWhy did Manmohan Singh not show courage to order surgical strikes post 26/11 attack: PM ModiThe Congress Party on Monday came down heavily upon Prime Minister Narendra Modi for alleging that Pakistan was meddling in the Gujarat assembly polls and supporting Congress leader Ahmed Patel to have him elevated as the chief minister of the state.Reacting to Modi’s comments, Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal tweeted that “India should stop dragging Pakistan into its electoral debate and win victories on (its) own strength rather than fabricated conspiracies, which are utterly baseless and irresponsible”.Also readReady for any punishment party deems fit: Mani Shankar AiyarDubbing Prime Minister Modi’s statement as ‘irresponsible’ and ‘outrageous’, Congress leader Anand Sharma demanded an apology from him.‘Ex-Pakistan Foreign Minister was here to attend a wedding. There was a dinner organised for him in which there were former diplomats, former army chief among other dignitaries. Does the prime minister think they were all conspiring with Pakistan’ This is reprehensible. It’s expected of the prime minister to use a language which is equivalent to his post. He should retract his statement and should apologise to maintain the decorum of his post,’ Sharma said.He further said that Prime Minister Modi’s remarks show that the BJP has realised it was going to lose the Gujarat elections.”The Prime Minister has said Congress is conspiring with Pakistan for Gujarat elections. Its outrageous. This is just an attempt to polarize ahead of second phase of voting in Gujarat polls.This also shows their desperation and that BJP’s loss is now certain,” he added.Yesterday, while addressing a rally in Gujarat’s Banaskantha, Prime Minister Modi alleged that former Pakistan Army director general Arshad Rafique was helping Patel to become the Gujarat chief minister.”Former Pakistan Army director general Arshad Rafique was backing and willing to help make Ahmed Patel the chief minister,” he said.The prime minister had also questioned suspended Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar, former prime minister Manmohan Singh and former vice-president Hamid Ansari’s meeting with the Pakistan High Commissioner.Meanwhile, Pakistan Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal has asked India to stop dragging Pakistan into its electoral debate.

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Poll war: Congress can’t win Gujarat polls using Pakistan as pawn, says Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Monday said that the Congress cannot win the Gujarat Assembly elections using Pakistan as a pawn.The union minister told ANI, “Congress ko samajhna chahiye ke jis Pakistani political patang ko woh Gujarat mein udane ki koshish kar rahi hai, Gujarat ke log Bharat ke manjhe se aise patang ko kaatna jante hai. (Congress should understand and stop dragging the political agenda of Pakistan in Gujarat as people of the state will downplay it their nationalism). “”The people of Gujarat will give the Congress an appropriate answer for dragging Pakistan,” said Naqvi.On Sunday, while addressing a rally in Gujarat’s Banaskantha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had alleged that former Pakistan Army director general Arshad Rafique helped Congress leader Ahmed Patel to become the chief minister of Gujarat.”Former Pakistan Army director general Arshad Rafique was backing and willing to help make Ahmed Patel the chief minister,” he said.Also readDay after PM Narendra Modi’s ‘poll-meddling’ allegations, Pakistan says stop dragging us in your election debatesThe prime minister had also questioned suspended Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s meeting with the Pakistan High Commissioner.In the meantime, Pakistan Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal has asked India to stop dragging Pakistan into its electoral debate.

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Maha eyes Rs 20K-cr investments from women entrepreneurs

Maharashtra government hopes to attract an investment of Rs 20,000 crore exclusively from women enterprises during 2017-2022 period in response to its industrial policy for women entrepreneurs, released last week.According to State Industries Minister Subhash Desai, the government is expecting an investment from women entrepreneurs in the field of textiles, plastic, imitation jewellery and food processing between 2017 and 2022. This will lead to creation of one lakh jobs. A women entrepreneur would get a financial assistance of Rs 15 lakh to Rs 1 crore in proportion of 15 per cent to 35 per cent of the capital investment of the project at a subsidised rate of interest of upto 5 per cent. The projects will get electricity at subsidised rate of Rs 1-2 per unit, instead of Rs 7-8 per unit charges for industries.”State Development Commissioner Harshdeep Kamble said the regulatory environment in Maharashtra is very friendly and the government will go that extra mile to facilitate the growth of women entrepreneurs. “The recent policy announced for women entrepreneurs will be a paradigm shift by providing subsidy in interest to women entrepreneurs,” he noted.Desai said land will be reserved for women industrialists in Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation areas across the state. “As per the policy, to make a market for women entrepreneurs, spaces will be kept reserved to display the products in various public places, malls, railway stations, bus stations, airports, movie theatres, foot over bridges, sub-way or commercial complexes. The woman and child development department will also keep aside Rs 50 crore for the policy, which will be valid for 5 years or till further directives issued by the industries department,” he added.Indian Merchants Chamber director general Arvind Pradhan said it is Maharashtra’s ‘Eureka’ moment to have become the first Indian state by announcing a special policy for women entrepreneurs. “In India, almost 50% working women are employed in agriculture while only 20% are in manufacturing and 30% in services. Unemployment rates range between 17% and 22% for young women. Hence, a policy to boost entrepreneurship among women who are given capital grant of upto Rs 1 crore is laudable. This will only create jobs but ensure that Maharashtra emerges as a trail blazer among all states for women empowerment,” he opined.According to Pradhan, the policy will give impetus for construction of additional building spaces in malls and commercial buildings for exclusive women owned enterprises.

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Delhi cops to have two wings

To make their crime investigation and law and order management more efficient, the Delhi Police will divide into two wings. After making the decision to bifurcate the force, the Ministry of Home Affairs has now directed Commissioner Amulya Patnaik to divide the police force into two units — Investigation and Law and Order.The move for the reshuffle came after the force failed in clearing the backlog of cases.DNA recently reported that the force could solve on average only about 33 per cent of cases till mid November. The ministry issued directions based on strong recommendations from the Bureau of Police Research and Development in this regard.Documents accessed by DNA show that in a recent letter to the office of the Commissioner of Police, the Ministry of Home Affairs conveyed the Centre’s approval for the creation of 4,227 posts — 1,409 sub/assistant sub inspectors, 1,409 head constables, and 1,409 constables — to be operationalised in two phases — 50 per cent posts in 2016-2017 and remaining posts in 2017-2018.This will facilitate the separation of crime investigations and law and order functions.The commissioner then approved the districts- or unit-wise allocation of 4,227 posts in two phases. The allocation of these 4,227 posts (3,645 posts of 1,215 teams, each of which would include a sub inspector, a constable and a head constable, along with 582 posts) has been made across various Delhi Police units. Notorious districts such as Rohini and northeast have the highest number of 510 posts each.Core investigative units such as the Crime Branch and Special Cell have been allocated six and three posts, respectively. Apart from this, north district got 132 posts, central 117, outer 414, east 459 and Shahadra 321. A copy of the letter has also been sent to Additional Secretary, MHA, all the Special Commissioners, Joint Commissioners, Additional Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners and other officers of the Delhi Police.SPLIT AND ACTConsidering its dismal show in clearing backlog of cases, the Home Ministry has directed the Delhi Police Commissioner to divide the force for better performance

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Gujarat elections 2017: Surat lodged case against Hardik Patel

A case has been lodged with the Surat police station on Friday against PAAS convener, Hardik Patel for politicising a rally which was conducted for social and education purposes.The Election Commission of Gujarat has lodged a case regarding the matter with the Surat police station under the Gujarat Police Act 1951, Section 36(A), Power of Commissioner or the District Superintendent and of other officers to give direction to the public, 72(2).The section says that a cop may arrest someone without warrant and impose a penalty for flouting the rule.As per officials, Hardik was given police permission to conduct a rally in Punagam of Surat on December 3 for social and education purposes. As per permission point number 14, he was not allowed to politicise the rally by using any political names.During his speech in the rally, he used political names, regarding which a complaint was lodged with the Surat police station against him for not following the norms of the permission.The case has been registered and further investigation regarding the matter is going on.WHAT HARDIK DIDDuring his speech in the rally, Hardik used political names, which he was not permitted to do.

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Deadline to link PAN, Aadhaar pushed to March 31

The government on Friday extended the deadline for mandatory linking of Permanent Account Number (PAN) with Aadhaar number by three months, to March 31, 2018. This is the third extension given by the government to individuals to link PAN with the biometric ID.”It has come to the notice that some of the taxpayers have not yet completed the linking of PAN with Aadhaar. Therefore, to facilitate the process of linking, it has been decided to extend the deadline till March 31, 2018,” the Finance Ministry said in a statement.As of November, 13.28 crore out of 33 crore PANs have been linked to Aadhaar. Earlier this year, Aadhaar number was made mandatory to file income tax returns (ITRs) and to get a new PAN.According to Section 139 AA (2) of the Income Tax Act, every person having PAN as on July 1, 2017, and eligible to obtain Aadhaar, must intimate his Aadhaar number to the tax authorities.The government had, in August, extended by four months the deadline to link PAN with Aadhaar till December 31, pending the Supreme Court (SC) verdict. The SC is hearing petitions challenging the government’s decision on Aadhaar. The deadline to link PAN with Aadhaar previously was July 31, but was first extended to August 31, and later to December 31, 2017.In another statement from the finance ministry, a complaint was received making serious allegations against DK Meena, Deputy Commissioner of Income Tax, posted at Surendranagar in Gujarat, for harassing a taxpayer with malafide intention in a scrutiny case.The officer was alleged to have demanded illegal gratification through the taxpayer’s chartered accountant, for favourably completing the assessment. The audio recordings of the conversations were also received which, inter alia, mentioned the bribe amount being demanded by the officers to settle the case. On examination of these case records, serious lapses and irregularities were found. The matter is under investigation.Pending the investigation, the officer has since been placed under suspension.

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Legends remember the legend of ML Mehta

The third M L Mehta memorial Oration was the perfect occasion to relive the glorious past of Rajasthan bureaucracy. Senior bureaucrats of yester years who contributed in shaping the state of today all congregated to remember the architect of progressive Rajasthan – former chief secretary ML Mehta. Star-officers of past Anil Kumar, Arun Kumar, Narendra Sisodiya Inderjeet Khanna, C S Rajan and Krishna Bhatnagar to name a few descended at Rajasthan State Institute of Public Administration (RIPA) to relive the bonding they had shared during their hey days. Few existing senior bureaucrats were also seen exchanging notes and seeking tips from their seniors at the Officers Training School.The atmosphere got even more charged up when Election Commissioner Sunil Arora displayed his oratory skills to connect the importance of interpersonal skills of bureaucrats with the development of the state. He remembered his relationship with M L Mehta, with whom he worked closely during Bhairon Singh Shekhawat’s government.“I was secretary to CM and he was the chief secretary. I can’t forget efficient working style and learnings I had. Mehta’s relationship with Bhairon Singhji was unmatched. Both of them had true respect for each other and they both used to think about reaching the last mile while implementing any policy,” he said.Former secretary to Vice president of India Anil Kumar, who chaired the oration said that Mehta was an institution in himself. He said that Mehta more than a senior, remained a trainer. The role of trainer was more apparent for Mehta than holding any other prestigious offices during his illustrious career.“It was all because of that instinct even after superannuation Mehta continued to work for promotion of the latent talent within the society,” he said.Director general of RIPA Gurjot Kaur, M L Mehta’s son and daughter Sunil Mehta and Rashmi Jain also remembered Mehta and his life. Before start of the programme, DNA Editor Jagdeesh Chandra welcomed Sunil Arora. Meanwhile, Arora, speaking for the first time in his new role of Election Commissioner, said that the country can progress only when policies are made and implemented keeping in mind the needs of middle class. He said that statistics stand witness to growth of the country, yet, socio economic disparities continue to remain challenge for governance and policy makers of the country.“It is only appropriate for us to, every once in a while, step back from our localised trials and tribulations and asks what is going to define India for the medium term ?” he asked.As he held that the country indeed has evolved in a ‘regional’, if not a global giant with a treasure trove of statistics including GDP growth, investment levels, foreign exchange reserves, number of billionaires, number of unicorn start-ups, improvement in health and literacy parameters of now vs three decades back conveniently validating the idea. He expressed concern on lost focus and empathy for the much larger middle class.“For India to peak; its human capital should be nurtured and harnessed much more. This, implies taking a fresh holistic outlook aiming not just to improve statistics but also qualitative aspects of development, A good starting framework to target this problem would be to look at income inequality,” he implied.In its support, he quoted the latest annual Global Wealth Report of Credit Suisse, which states that ‘while wealth has been rising in India, not everyone has shared in this growth’. This has resulted in 92 per cent of adult population with wealth below Rs 6.5 lakh while 0.5 per cent population has net worth of Rs 65 lakh.Arora, 1980 batch Rajasthan cadre officer had contributed his bit in the development of new Rajasthan. In his career spanning over 35 years, he held important posts irrespective of parties in government. His style of working has left many followers in current bureaucracy of the state.
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India’s new envoy to China Gautam Bambawale invites Chinese investments

India’s new envoy to China Gautam Bambawale has invited firms from the world’s second largest economy to invest in the country, citing heavy sales being registered by Chinese mobile phone manufacturers.Being the sixth largest economy with the seize of USD 2.5 trillion, growing at the rate of 7 to 8 per cent, India offers a huge market and several business opportunities, he said.”We believe that many Chinese companies are well suited and well positioned to take advantage of the large and growing Indian market,” Bambawale said at a seminar on ‘Investment Opportunities in India’ here yesterday.”Chinese mobile phone maker OPPO has just announced that its sales revenue in India in fiscal 2016 grew by 750 per cent, thereby making it a very significant player in India’s mobile phone market. I need not say more,” Bambawale said.He also highlighted India’s move to further liberalise business visas for Chinese travellers to India by introducing an e-visa facility.”The entire process can be done online without a need to visit either our embassy in Beijing or any one of our consulates in China,” he said.The seminar received an overwhelming response with more than 270 representatives from more than 190 Chinese companies attending the event, the Indian embassy said in a statement. Also readSpeaking to China at ‘all levels’ to include India into the Nuclear Supplies Group: RussiaRajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog, emphasised the sound economic fundamentals of India – enumerating a young working population, high savings rate and low levels of government debt as important positive indicators for the Indian economy, the statement said.Kumar was here to attend the annual dialogue between NITI Aayog and China’s Development Research Centre (DRC).The DRC, under the State Council, China’s Cabinet, is the agency mainly responsible for doing research on strategic, long-term issues in China’s economic and social development.Also readIndia can grow faster than China: NITI Aayog VCSenior Chinese government officials including Vice Minister of the Development Research Centre of the State Council Wang Liming and Vice President of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Chen Zhou were also present at the event.Bambawale, who has served as High Commissioner to Pakistan and earlier as India’s envoy to Bhutan, submitted his credentials to President Xi Jinping on Tuesday.
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Prime Minister’s Office help sought for Mumbai Metro execution roadblocks

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) executing several Metro projects in the city has sought help from Prime Minister’s office (PMO) for tackling several issues involving land acquisition and getting clearances from several state and central government agencies for construction of Metro corridors in the city.According to MMRDA, PMO’s ‘pragati portal’ monitors the Metro projects in the city and regular assistance is sought from the PMO for clearances from Central government agencies like Ministry of Railways and Ministry of Defence for acquiring their land for Metro projects.Pravin Darade, Additional Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA, said, “We seek assistance from PMO where central government agencies are involved. At several stretches we either require land from the Defence Ministry or require no objection certificate (NOC) from the Ministry of Railway, as our Metro alignment is going above railway tracks at several locations. In this case, seeking assistance from PMO helps in getting approvals smoothly.”A senior MMRDA official, said, “We may also seek assistance from the PMO regarding roadblocks for procuring loan from international banks. We want the 75 per cent of the Metro coaches to be manufactured in India under ‘Make In India’ but the banks that are going to finance the Metro projects have reservations about it.”The MMRDA official, added, “In this case, we will seek assistance from PMO who will certainly intervene along with the Union Ministry of Finance for having banks agree with having 75 per cent coaches made in India.”
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London mayor Sadiq Khan, Maha CM Fadnavis discuss cooperation in public transport

London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today discussed ways to increase cooperation between Mumbai and London in various fields including public transport and medical tourism.Khan, accompanied by a British delegation met Fadnavis at the latter’s official residence ‘Varsha’ in south Mumbai this morning.Deputy High Commissioner in Mumbai Crispin Simon and Mumbai Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar were also present.”Increased cooperation in Mumbai and London for public transport, medical tourism and many other areas got discussed at the meeting,” Fadnavis said.Also readIn India, London Mayor Sadiq Khan says UK govt’s visa norms a ‘big mistake'”Mumbai is already the financial capital of India but we wish to make it the ‘financial and technological hub of the world’,” Fadnavis tweeted.He also proposed for cooperation in redevelopment of film city in Mumbai.A letter of intent for inclusion of Mumbai as a member city into the list of World Cultural Forum, got signed in presence of Fadnavis.Khan is in Mumbai in a bid to drum up trade for London and to boost cultural ties with India.Khan, who played football with children and posed for pictures with Bollywood stars yesterday during his Mumbai visit, will travel to New Delhi and Amritsar before crossing the border to Pakistan where he will visit Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi.Also readLondon bridge attack: Donald Trump criticised for tweet on London Mayor Sadiq Khan
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Ex-army man held for killing 1, injuring 2

An ex-army man has been arrested for allegedly killing a person and injuring another in North-East Delhi on November 30. The accused Rajesh Kumar (43) was initially in the Army and later joined the Defence Security core.”He was currently posted in the Jat Regiment at the Meerut Cantonment as a constable. He had joined the Army and during his posting in J&K, he procured an arms license from Doda District. After his license came, he purchased a double barrel half gun. In 2006, he left the Army and got recruited in Defence Security Core. The gun has been seized by the police,” said AK Singla, Deputy Commissioner of Police, North-East.The police had received a call on November 30 about a firing incident near Shiv Mandir in Welcome area of North-East. After police reached the location, which was also a spare parts shop, they were informed that three persons were injured in firing and have been taken to GTB hospital. AT the hospital, they were informed that Shah Alam and Sharik were under treatment while Bhanu Partap was declared dead on arrival. Based on Alam’s statement, a case was registered. The deceased worked at the spare parts shop while the injured were customers.During investigations, it was revealed that the shots were fired from a Datsun car having an Army logo on both the number plates and that the person driving the car had come to attend a wedding in that area. The police were then informed about a wedding which was going on near Shiv Mandir and the Barat had gone to Nangloi. The address was traced but the police did not find any car there.Later, with the help of the CCTV footage, the car was spotted in Kabir Nagar. Kumar, who hails from Bulandshahar, had come to attend a wedding here. Kumar, unaware of the exact address of the wedding, parked his car in front of the spare parts shop where the injured and the deceased were standing. Kumar’s gun was lying in the car. While he was waiting for the Barat, he decided to put the gun inside its cover.”When he was putting the gun in the cover, the trigger was pressed accidentally and a shot was fired which hit the three persons standing at the shop. Kumar then dropped his wife at the wedding and fled.WHAT HAPPENEDThe police had received a call on November 30 about a firing incident near Shiv Mandir in Welcome area. After police reached the location, they were informed that three persons were injured in firing and have been taken to GTB hospital.
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Corporates may install CCTV cameras in BMC-run schools

After private schools beefed up security in their premises due to the growing number of crimes against school children — the most recent one being in Gurgaon, Delhi — the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) education committee has proposed to install CCTV cameras in BMC-run schools through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).Two members of BMC’s education committee, Rahul Kanal and Sainath Durge, wrote to BMC commissioner Ajoy Mehta on Monday, proposing to install CCTV cameras in BMC’s 1,342 schools through CSR activities with the help of corporate companies. A copy of the letter is with DNA.Durge, who belongs to the Shiv Sena, said, “We met the BMC commissioner to discuss with him about giving permission to the BMC education department to install CCTV cameras in schools for the safety of students. We had raised this issue even in the recently held BMC education committee meeting, where we gave the assurance of installing the cameras. The commissioner, after some discussion on the matter, accepted our suggestion.””We will be approaching companies which are ready to do undertake the installation through their CSR activities. This will not just help us in providing safety to students but also help the BMC education department to monitor the school’s staff.”According to the committee members, the company that will be chosen to install the CCTV cameras, will also undertake the responsibility to monitor the cameras.When contacted, Ajoy Mehta, BMC Commissioner, said, “Yes we are open to CSR proposals.”The initiative will be first rolled out in girls’ schools.CSR ACTIVITYRahul Kanal and Sainath Durge, members of BMC’s education committee, wrote to BMC chief Ajoy Mehta on the matter.
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